MS Dhoni has expressed keen interest in serving the army after he hangs up his boots. Dhoni, who was inducted as an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the elite Parachute Regiment last year, is in Kashmir as a guest at the ongoing Kashmir Premier League in Baramullah. He will also take a trip to the base camp of Siachen, the world's highest battlefield.
"Where I am today is because of cricket. I would like to serve in the army actively after cricket. I don't want my cricket to suffer because that is something I am good at," said Dhoni, the Indian captain, during a casual media interaction. Dhoni will visit the Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur on Sunday before leaving for Srinagar on a tour of 15 Corps. From there, he will head for the 14 Corps area in Leh and also the Siachen base camp.
"I will try to go to the frontline. It is very exciting because I will get to see the challenges the officers face. I knew the army from a distance. Now I am getting to know the army from close quarters. This is the first time I have come to a forward post," he said.
"Families (of the army officers) come here at this time of the year and I will get a chance to interact with them and I am sure the next few days would be exciting," he added.
Dhoni also said he hoped cricketing ties between India and Pakistan would be restored soon. "It is important to make a start because sports is something that breaks barriers. The two boards have to decide when they play each other. So we will wait and see."