Dhoni skips West Indies tour to serve in Indian army

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Indian wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni reportedly made himself “unavailable” for the India’s team’s tour of West Indies.

The former captain has told Indian cricket chiefs that he will be serving in his regiment for a period of two months before returning to the sport.

Dhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army.

The wicket-keeper triggered a controversy in the World Cup recently after he was spotted sporting the Balidaan badge in violation of ICC rules.

A top BCCI official confirmed the development, India.com reported.

“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” the official told PTI.

Dhoni, 38, has intimated his decision to the BCCI prior to the selection committee meeting on Sunday.

Rishabh Pant, who showed promise with the bat during the recently-held World Cup, is expected to be first wicketkeeper in all three formats.