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India Vs England: MS Dhoni to play 2 practice games for India A ahead of ODI series

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New Delhi, Dec 6: Ahead of the upcoming ODI and T20I series, India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to play for India A in the warm-up games against England.

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Earlier, it was reported that the India skipper may not get any practice match and would have to directly play against England in the ODI series after a gap of two and a half months.

India Vs England: MS Dhoni to play 2 practice games for India A ahead of ODI series

Reports now claim that 'Captain Cool' will hopefully get a chance to play atleast a couple of warm-up matches before the England ODI series. India will play the first ODI match against England on January 15 at Pune.

Before the start of the limited overs series, England are scheduled to play a warm-up matches (50 overs) against India A on January 10 and 12 at the CCI ground in Mumbai.

Dhoni, who has not been playing since the home series against New Zealand in October, would have gone into the ODI series without proper game time for 77 days.

Dhoni has been training regularly with the Jharkhand Ranji team which has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy.

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However JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma had made it clear that Dhoni was only a 'mentor' to the team and will not be donning whites since he has already retired from Test cricket.

It will be interesting to see whether the selectors also pick young Rishabh Pant as a back-up or a pure wicketkeeper knowing his big hitting skills in domestic cricket.

It will not be a bad idea if both Dhoni and his heir apparent play in the same game which could be a treat for the handful who will be attending the match.

Dhoni prepared for the limited-overs tour of Australia in 2015 by playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand.

However, this edition of Hazare Trophy will only commence from February 25 -- nearly four weeks after the England ODI series has ended. Thus, there was clamour about Dhoni not being given proper time for preparing for the 3 ODIs and 3 T20I games against England, who were the runner-ups in World T20 2016.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

Story first published: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 17:17 [IST]
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