MS Dhoni refuses to lead Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy; to play under Varun Aaron
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India’s limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni has refused to lead the Jharkhand state team in the domestic 50-over tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. He had reportedly asked the state cricket association to give charge to a young man who is aware to the players’ potential instead of him. As a result, India speedster Varun Aaron has been named as the leader of the squad. Read more: MS Dhoni set to play List A for Jharkhand after more than 10 years

Dhoni had earlier made himself available for domestic cricket for the first time since last playing for his state Jharkhand in an inter-state T20 tournament in 2006-07. He has been named in the 15-member squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy that is scheduled to be played from December 10-18 in Bangalore.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Rajesh Verma confirmed Dhoni was offered leadership of the team. “We had offered him the captaincy, but he refused. He didn’t want to take up the captaincy because he is not aware about the potential of many players in the young squad. He (Dhoni) also wanted someone young to experience leading the team as that would help groom leaders for the state,” Verma told Mid-Day from Ranchi.

Dhoni, who is currently in the United States for a charity golf event, will return on Tuesday and join the team later.  His presence would be a great morale-booster for the young team that has many players advancing from the Under-19 and Under-23 grade. Dhoni has never played Ranji Trophy for Jharkhand ever since his international debut in 2004 against Bangladesh.