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Madan Lal says problems for Dhoni will increase if IPL doesn’t happen

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Former cricketer Madan Lal feels problems for MS Dhoni will increase if IPL does not happen this year. “See, there are problems for MS Dhoni. He has not played cricket post-World Cup. If the IPL does not happen, problems for MSD will further increase. I don’t know what the team management, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli or the selectors are thinking,” Lal told ANI.

Madan Lal is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

Dhoni last played competitive cricket during the 2019 World Cup. He was set to stage a comeback with the IPL this year. However, the IPL got postponed until April 15 following the pandemic.

With the World T20 soon coming, Madan Lal believes problems for Dhoni have increased.

The selector would want MS Dhoni to first play cricket and then they select him. Team management and selectors have a huge responsibility. I feel that problems have increased. MS has played a lot of cricket and he was one of the best captains. I think he should himself tell what he thinks to the selectors and then the selectors will be able to think,” he said.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to be played between October 18 and November 15 at seven venues across Australia.

Difficult to conduct IPL, says Madan Lal

Madan Lal says problems for Dhoni will increase if IPL doesn't happen
Former India All-rounder Madan Lal

With the lockdown being further extended, the IPL will also see a further extension. Madan Lal said that organising IPL will be difficult till the time the coronavirus crisis comes to an end.

Till the time coronavirus is not over, holding IPL is very tough, because it is very big and the safety of our viewers is very important and also, how our players will travel from one city to another? So, basically there are a lot of problems at the moment. Till the time the government gives clearance, I feel it is tough. For the BCCI and franchises also, it is tough. Need to see what results come by April 30. It will be better if the BCCI and the franchises find a solution,” he said.

Many former cricketers have also given their statements regarding Dhoni’s future.


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