The four-time IPL winner Chennai Super Kings had anticipated that former India skipper MS Dhoni will lead their new squad in the upcoming T20 tournament hosted by Cricket South Africa (CSA). By the way, all six CSA T20 League franchises have been acquired by IPL club owners. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has often opposed Indian cricketers playing in international franchise leagues, reportedly turned down CSK’s request.

A BCCI official reportedly stressed that any Indian player seeking to participate in an overseas franchise league must sever all relations with the BCCI before pledging their allegiance to those leagues.

It is obvious that until a player has retired from all forms of the game, including domestic competition, he cannot participate in any other league. According to a BCCI official, any player who wishes to take part in these upcoming contests must cut all ties with the BCCI first, according to The Indian Express.

Dhoni, though, announced his departure from Indian cricket exactly two years ago. The source clarified that for Dhoni to lead CSK’s team in the CSA T20 League, he must also quit the IPL. “He cannot thus compete for CSK in the IPL. He must first retire here, he continued.

When playing in foreign leagues, Indian players must abide by strict BCCI rules. In 2019, after being invited by Trinbago Knight Riders’ new coach Brendon McCullum to witness a Caribbean Premier League game from the team’s dugout, Dinesh Karthik was forced to apologize to the board.