Fatigued Dhoni pulls out of SL Test series

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhonimug.jpg' class='caption'> India's ODI captain MS Dhoni has pulled out of Sri Lanka Test series to be held later this month. He had complained of player exhaustion.

Updated: July 11, 2008 08:32 IST
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New Delhi:

India's ODI captain MS Dhoni has pulled out of the Sri Lanka Test series which is set to begin later this month.

The BCCI selection committee will be meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday to pick the team for the Test series.

Dhoni had recently complained of fatigue, citing excessive cricket as reason. India is set to play three Test and five one-day internationals in Sri Lanka, with the first Test starting June 23. Dhoni's Indian team lost to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup finals on Sunday.

And the BCCI has told NDTV that the Board has no problems with Dhoni expressing his opinion and wanting a break

Dhoni complained about the schedule of the recently-concluded Asia Cup tournament, saying the back to back matches were taking a toll on the players.

A senior official of the Board told NDTV " We support Dhoni's decision not to play tests. Dhoni's decision shows maturity. Senior players need a break, nothing is wrong with that. Dhoni not making a point about too much cricket. He was only critical of the scheduling of Asia Cup matches."

In response to Dhoni's statements, the Board vice president Rajiv Shukla had said that players could opt out after informing the BCCI so that they could be replaced.

Dhoni was quoted as saying at a recent function that he appreciates the BCCI's decision to provide players rest when they needed it.

Dhoni has played 95 matches in the last 18 months and has been one of India's most prolific scorers.

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