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Selectors should speak to MS Dhoni about his future - Virender Sehwag

MS Dhoni looks up as light drizzle continues Getty Images

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has said that the selectors should communicate with MS Dhoni about his future in the team, as speculation builds over when the latter will retire.

Dhoni had opted out of India's ongoing tour of the West Indies. After announcing India's squads for the tour, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that Rishabh Pant - who was a part of the squad across formats - was being groomed to take up the wicketkeeping role in the future. When asked if he would have picked Dhoni had he been available, Prasad had said: "First of all he is not fit, so when he is fit and available, then we'll see."

Sehwag pointed out that although it's up to Dhoni to decide when he wants to retire, the selectors have to keep him informed of their plans instead of adding to the speculation.

"That [retirement] is Dhoni's personal call. If he thinks he is fit and can contribute like he used to, then why not continue," Sehwag told Hindustan Times. "But if the selectors think that MSD can't contribute, then they should tell him that we are giving you this last series. That should be communicated.

"That communication should always be there between the selectors and the player. Don't know whether the selectors have [that communication] or not. We have only read MSK [Prasad] giving a statement about selectors conveying to MSD that he is not their first choice. So, that means they'll pick Pant first and then if they have to pick a second keeper, they'll pick Dhoni. That is not possible. After a time, Dhoni should decide and speak to selectors and ask for a retirement game. That is when he feels it is the right time to quit."

It was under Dhoni's captaincy in 2013 that Sehwag was dropped from the team, and he never made a comeback. Sehwag brought up his own example and said that it wasn't the board but the selectors' responsibility to talk to the players who are no longer in the scheme of things.

"Not the board, but the selectors. I think the selectors should speak to players," he said. "Communication has been a problem. Nobody communicated with me. I feel there were others too like me."