T20 World Cup: MS Dhoni will serve as Team India’s mentor during the showpiece.© Instagram
World Cup squad announcements come with surprises, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did the unthinkable on Wednesday when they announced former India skipper MS Dhoni to mentor the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. Former BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry believes this will undoubtedly increase India’s chances of taking home the trophy. After working closely with Dhoni in an administrative capacity during the 2009 T20 World Cup (Media Manager) and India’s 2011 England tour (Manager), Anirudh keeps it short and sweet, calling it an excellent move.
“It is an excellent decision to bring MS Dhoni on board as a mentor to the team. MS, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma form a very strong leadership group and this decision increases the team’s chances at the ICC T20 World Cup. BCCI secretary’s decision should be commended,” he told ANI.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Wednesday that he spoke to former skipper Dhoni about being the mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup and current team management is on the same page about the decision.
“As for MS Dhoni, I spoke to him when I was in Dubai, so he agreed with the decision and he agreed to be the team mentor only for the T20 World Cup. I also discussed this particular issue with my colleagues , they are all on the same page,” Shah said during the virtual press conference.
“I’ve spoken to captain and vice-captain as well as head coach Ravi Shastri, they are all on the same page, so that’s why we came to a conclusion,” he added.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee met on Wednesday to select the roster for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be hosted by the BCCI in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
In a surprising move, R Ashwin has been added to the squad that will kick off his campaign in the flagship game against arch-rivals Pakistan. He last played a T20I against the West Indies in July 2017.
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