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Dhoni quit captaincy in pressure: Aditya Verma

By Nilabh -


The secretary of Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) Aditya Verma professed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's resignation as India's skipper from limited overs cricket, "was not spontaneous but under pressure".

Verma claims that Dhoni was hurt when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked him of his "future cricketing plans" and he decided to quit the captaincy as BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary was constantly giving pressure.

Talking to TOI, BCA secretary further, "Choudhary was unhappy with the fact that Jharkhand lost to Gujarat despite being in a commanding position under Dhoni's mentorship. Choudhary then telephoned MSK Prasad and instructed the latter to ask the cricketer about his future plans. Dhoni was hurt with the whole episode and sent across his resignation soon after."

According to Verma, the differences between Dhoni and Choudhary (who is a former president of Jharkhand State Cricket Association) grew when Dhoni denied of playing in the semi-final game despite JSCA's request.

However, Amitabh Choudhary hasn't opened up till date about these allegations. 

On January 4, Dhoni had submitted his resignation to BCCI through an email from his positions of India's skipper in limited overs cricket and he left the whole cricketing fraternity in shock.