MS Dhoni has played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League for some time. Now that the Chennai Super Kings have been banned, Dhoni plans to play for another team rather than stay out of the IPL.
A report in the Times of India noted that Dhoni would have no problems joining another team according to a source close to the situation. The source said: “Dhoni will definitely feature in the IPL for a new team. There is absolutely no pressure from CSK to stop him and the next edition of the IPL will see him in action. He is the Indian captain in ODIs and T20. How can he not play in an important event like the IPL?”
Since the Chennai Super Kings have received a two-year ban, the team would have the option to buy Dhoni back after the ban is over.
Dhoni has been the Chennai Super Kings captain since 2008. He is the only players in the IPL to have captained a side in all the league’s seasons until 2015. When Dhoni was bought at the first IPL auction, the franchise paid what had been the highest bid until that time of Rs 75.5 crore ($1.5 million).
There will be two new teams in the IPL next year. At this time, the teams have not been identified. It is likely that one of the two teams will attempt to ensure that Dhoni is bought by their franchise.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested that six players from the two banned teams, Chennai Super Kings, and Rajasthan Royals, will be drafted directly to the new teams. The other players will be available for auction.
Under Dhoni’s captainship, the Chennai Super Kings have won two IPL titles, and have ended as the runners up four times. The franchise never finished lower than fourth place.