Former India captain MS Dhoni will not be taking any fees for his role as the mentor of the Indian cricket team during the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. For the unversed, Dhoni was appointed as the mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup which will be played in Oman and the UAE, starting October 17.
On Tuesday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed the same and said that the board is grateful to Dhoni as the legendary cricketer agreed to serve the team during the quadrennial event. India will open their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.
Speaking to Aaj Tak, Shah said the legendary cricketer wouldn’t be charging a single penny for his new role. “MS Dhoni won’t charge even a single penny for his role as Indian team mentor during the World Cup,” Shah was quoted as saying.
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly also confirmed that Dhoni will not be taking any fee for his new role at Team India. “Dhoni will not charge anything to mentor the Indian team,” Ganguly was quoted as saying.
The 40-year-old Dhoni, who led India to glory in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, retired from international cricket in August 2020. However, Dhoni has continued to play for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. CSK has reached the final of IPL 2021 after beating Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier. The IPL 2021 final will take place in Dubai on October 15.
(With IANS inputs)