Former Indian batsman turned commentator Akash Chopra feels Chennai Super Kings should release MS Dhoni for IPL 2021. Earlier, the BCCI hinted on conducting a mega-auction ahead of IPL 2021 after the conclusion of IPL 2020.
Aakash Chopra feels if CSK decides on retaining MS Dhoni, they would lost a whopping Rs. 15 crore which can be used in a more better way. Instead, the side should send the skipper to the auction pool and retain him by using Right To Match (RTM) card .
“I think CSK should release MS Dhoni going into the mega auction, if there is a mega auction then you will be with that player for three years. But will Dhoni stay with you for three years? I am not saying don’t keep Dhoni, he will play the next IPL, but if you keep him as a retained player but you will have to pay Rs 15 crore,” said Chopra in a video posted on his Facebook account.
“If Dhoni does not stay with you for three years and he plays just the 2021 season, you will get the Rs 15 crore back for the 2022 edition, but how will you find a player worth that Rs 15 crore? That’s the advantage of a mega auction, you can create a big team if you have the money” he added.
Chopra also backed the idea of the mega-auction because it would be of great help to CSK to restructure the side. Because for the first time Chennai Super Kings finished hanging at the bottom of the points table.
“CSK needs a mega auction, the side does not have many players that can be retained. If you want to make a team from the scratch, then are you willing to spend big bucks on the likes of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu? I don’t think that CSK will look at the likes of Raina and Harbhajan if they are making a team from scratch,” said Chopra.
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