HomeSportsCricket"People change, Memories don’t" Fans pay emotional tribute to MS Dhoni
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“People change, Memories don’t” Fans pay emotional tribute to MS Dhoni

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the central contracts for the 2020 season for its players. However, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been handed a contract. He belonged to Category A last season.

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The pay structure for all the four categories will be the same. The trio of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, who belong to the top category (A+), will get a paycheck of ₹ 7 crores.

Dhoni has yet to step back on the pitch following India’s ouster from the ICC ODI World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand.

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Dhoni’s future in the Indian team has been a hot topic for long. Earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri had revealed that the 38-year-old might well end his ODI career ‘soon’ while a place in the T20 side might be possible depending on his IPL performance. However, this particular move by the board has only raised serious doubts over the former India captain’s future.

A source close to the development revealed that the move wasn’t unexpected since Dhoni hadn’t played an international game for over six months.

“Let me clarify that one of the top-most BCCI office-bearers spoke to MS and told him about how they are going about in the central contracts. He was clearly told that since he hasn’t played any game in the said period (September 2019 till date), he cannot be included for the time being,” the official said to PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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He also told that everything was done in an appropriate manner.

“Let’s not get into who spoke. The fact is that a player of his stature needs to be told that he is not being awarded a central contract for the time being, and it was done in an appropriate manner,” he said.

“There will be an Asia Cup T20 (likely to be shifted from Pakistan) and if Dhoni plays a certain number of matches, he will be automatically included. It’s not like he has been dumped for good. It’s just that he doesn’t qualify because he has not played,” the official said.

Twitter Reaction

While things don’t necessarily seem out of hand (and hopefully they aren’t!), many fans got emotional about the announcement, many feeling that MS Dhoni might well retire soon.

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Soon, hashtags like #ThankYouDhoni and #MSDhoni were trending on Twitter. Here are some of the best posts:

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