Fast bowling legend <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/shoaib-akhtar">Shoaib Akhtar</a> feels that <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/ms-dhoni">MS Dhoni</a> should have announced his retirement right after the <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a> and cannot understand why the former <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/india-cricket-team">India</a> captain has dragged the decision for so long. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni hasn't played competitive cricket since India's semi-final exit from the world cup in July last year. Since then, a big question mark is hovering over his future with the team management maintaining he's still part of their plans. <p></p> <p></p>"This guy has served to the best of his ability," Akhtar told <em>PTI</em>. "He should leave cricket with dignity. I don't know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup." <p></p> <p></p>"If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 ODI World Cup) as I wasn't into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?" Akhtar said. <p></p> <p></p>"When he could not finish the game in the semifinal (against New Zealand). I felt he should have retired but he can only answer why he didn't. He should have played a farewell series after the World Cup may be and then said goodbye in a manner befitting his great stature," he added. <p></p> <p></p>Through IPL, Dhoni was expected to present his claim but the league's future this year itself is in limbo. Nevertheless, Akhtar reckons the wicketkeeper-batsman, who led India to two world cup title wins, should be given a send-off that suits his stature. <p></p> <p></p>"As a country, you should let him go with a lot of respect and dignity. Give him a nice send off. He has won you the World Cup and done wonders for India. He is a wonderful human being at the same time. But right now, he seems to be stuck," he said.