Dhoni eliminated as Pune captain, Smith to take over
Mahendra Singh Dhoni became removed as captain of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants and changed via Australian Steve Smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and franchise cricket.
Dhoni, who had stepped down as India's restricted-overs captain to snap his global run as skipper earlier this 12 months, will, however, continue to be part of the Pune franchise as a participant.
"Dhoni has not stepped down. We have appointed Steve Smith because the skipper for the approaching season. Frankly speaking, we did not have a great last season and we desired a person young to guide the facet and revamp it beforehand of the approaching season 10," Rising Pune Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka informed PTI.
This is the primary time that the 35-yr-antique, who had stepped down from Team India captaincy on his very own terms in all formats, has been removed from the pinnacle position.
The selection comes an afternoon earlier than the gamers' auctions scheduled to be held in Bengaluru.
"I have the best regard for MS Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni remains an crucial member of our group. He is supportive of the choice preserving the franchise's first-rate pastimes in thoughts," Goenka brought.
The maximum high-priced participant of the event that commenced in 2008, Dhoni also has been most of the maximum a success.
Part of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise from 2008 to 2015, Dhoni led the team to again-to-again titles in 2010 and 2011. Besides, he additionally led Chennai to the Champions League T20 trophies in 2010 and 2014.
He become the first one picked within the only draft held inside the IPL, in December 2015, after Chennai and Rajasthan Royals have been suspended for 2 years and two new franchises — Pune and Gujarat Lions — have been given the choice of choosing up to 5 gamers each.
He has been with the Pune franchise ever considering. The guy replacing him within the management function, the 27-year-vintage Smith, is currently the captain of the Australian cricket crew in all three formats.
He became appointed Test captain in 2014/15 and he took over the ODI captaincy reigns after the 2015 World Cup.
Pune, who were one of the two teams along with Gujarat Lions to be inducted remaining season in place of the the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, have been plagued with damage issues.
They pretty much prevented the timber spoon to complete ahead of Kings XI Punjab on the seventh location in the eight-crew standings of IPL 2015.