India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal. Photograph:( AFP )
Dhoni has been the subject of intense speculation on his retirement after India's semi-final exit from the recently concluded Cricket World Cup
With speculation rife about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement, India's chief selector MSK Prasad added to the debate on Sunday by saying that former captain of the Indian cricket team knows when to retire.
Prasad was addressing media while unveiling India's squads for the upcoming West Indies tour, which is scheduled to kick-off from August 3.
Dhoni has been the subject of intense speculation on his retirement after India's semi-final exit from the recently concluded Cricket World Cup.
"Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni, knows when to retire but what is the future course of action, what is the roadmap that we have to create is in the hands of the selection committee," said Prasad during a press conference.
Dhoni, who quit playing Tests at the end of 2014, has made himself unavailable for the Windies tour where India will play three T20s, three ODIs and two Tests. It has been reported that he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment.
Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel in India's territorial army and has pulled out of the tour to serve his regiment for the given period of time.
In the absence of Dhoni, young Rishabh Pant has been selected in the squad as the wicket-keeper across formats.
Prasad said that the selection committee has laid down plans to give more opportunities to young Pant in order to groom him further.
"We've laid down a few more plans and thought of giving as many opportunities to Pant and to see he is groomed. This is our plan right now," said Prasad while announcing the squad.
Pant will be India's lone wicketkeeper in the limited-overs formats but he will be joined by Wriddhiman Saha in the Test series.