Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal believes MS Dhoni will be an integral part of India’s T20 World Cup squad.
MS Dhoni has not played since 2019 World Cup (Agency Photo)
- Kamran Akmal picked MS Dhoni as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper for the T20 World Cup
- KL Rahul was Akmal’s back-up India wicketkeeper for the World Cup
- T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in October-November in Australia
Even as speculations are rife about MS Dhoni’s international future, Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal believes the World Cup-winning legend should be India’s first-choice for the T20 World Cup 2020.
Kamran Akmal, while answering fans’ questions on social media, said MS Dhoni should go to the World Cup. Akmal also said KL Rahul should be the back-up wicketkeeper for India at T20 tournament.
When asked who should be India’s No. 1 wicketkeeper for T20 World Cup 2020, Akmal said: “i think it should be MS Dhoni & 2nd option KL Rahul.”
MS Dhoni has not played international cricket since the 2019 World Cup and has kept mum about his international future. Dhoni missed several series during thhe last season, including the high-profile tour of New Zealand.
In the meanwhile, KL Rahul established himself as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the T20I format with some fine batting and wicketkeeping performances.
In New Zealand, KL Rahul kept Rishabh Pant from away the playing XI even as Pant was earmarked as MS Dhoni’s successor in the limited-overs format.
Dhoni though made his intentions clear when he turned up for the pre-Indain Premier League training camp in Chennai. Dhoni led the Chennai Super Kings training in March before it was suspended due the novel coronavirus pandemic.
IPL missed its April-May window as the T20 tournament was suspended until further notice. However, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel told indiatoday.in that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to host the tournament in September-October window if the International Cricket Council (ICC) decides to postpone the T20 World Cup.
Earlier, Dhoni’s India and Chennai Super Kings teammate Harbhajan Singh had hinted that the legendary wicketkeeper might not want to play for India again.
“He wants to play IPL 100 percent. But one needs to know his take on whether he wants to play for India anymore or not. I think he doesn’t want to play for India again. He has played so much for India.
“As far as I know him, he doesn’t want to wear the blue jersey again. He decided that India’s last match in the World Cup was his last. A few people have also told me that this is the case,” Harbhajan said.