Tired Dhoni pulls out of Lanka Test series

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: India wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pulled himself out of the forthcoming Test series against Islanders citing exhaustion due to the hectic schedule during the past one year.

Dhoni, who had hinted of his desire to take a break after a hectic Asia Cup in Pakistan, met BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah to convey it formally.

"Dhoni met Niranjan Shah and expressed his wish to take a break. He wants to opt out of the Test series," BCCI sources revealed.

Faced with a senseless schedule at the Asia Cup, which saw India twice play back-to-back games, Dhoni had sarcastically quipped that the team was 'running on reserve'.

The BCCI was quick to react with vice-President Rajiv Shukla saying "any tired player should inform the board".

And taking a cue from the Board vice-President, Dhoni has conveyed that he needs a break to save himself from being burnt-out.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept everyone guessing over whether he will opt out of the Lankan series, saying ''you all will come to know about it by a day or two.''

When asked whether he had asked the cricket board not to consider him for the Lankan tour, Dhoni said ''you'll will come to know in a day or two.

He said ''a professional cricketer in the sub-continent has to play throughout the year as the weather here permits it, unlike in countries like England, where you cannot play during the winters.''

The Indian ODI captain also lauded the cricket board for being open and allowing players to notify them, if they needed a break from the hectic schedule.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been playing non-stop for the past one year starting from three month tour of the UK, the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, a home series against visiting Australian side followed by a Test and ODI series against touring Pakistan, a more-than-a-two-month long grueilling tour Down Under, a Test series against South Africa, a taxing Indian Premier League (IPL) and finally the Bangla tri-series and the recently concluded Asia Cup.


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