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Read what Brad Hogg thinks about Dhoni’s retirement from IPL!

Former Australian Legend who has played for Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in past reveals Dhoni’s retirement year!

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg reckons the 2021 edition is going to be MS Dhoni's last in the IPL. Hogg's statement comes after the Chennai Super Kings captain was bowled off the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy for 1 in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Dhoni's batting has struggled, especially in the last two editions with him scoring only 200 runs from 14 matches in the last season and managing a lowly 52 runs from 10 games this year. The current season of the IPL could be Dhoni's worst statistically and Hogg believes being 40 is starting to show on the CSK skipper.

"I think he's going to retire at the end of the year from IPL cricket. The way he got out to Chakravarthy the other day with the wrong un', there was a huge gap between bat and pad. I think the reflexes of the 40-year-old are just starting to wane. His keeping has been sensational," Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

"It's good for Indian cricket and CSK that he is still going because of his leadership out in the middle. He's keeping things calm and helped Jadeja grow as a cricketer and developing youngsters as well. Just the way that he walked off, that body language, there was a glint in the eye that said I think I've just lost that sharpness."

With Dhoni, who retired from international cricket last year, being appointed mentor of the Indian team for their campaign at the T20 World Cup starting October 17, Hogg believes it may still not be curtains for the former India captain at CSK though.

The former Australia spinner expects Dhoni, a three-time IPL winner and only captain to win all three major ICC trophies, to take up a managerial role with the franchise and oversee proceedings along with Stephen Fleming. With a mega auction lined up next year, CSK could go in for a complete rejig and usher in a new era without Dhoni the player.

"At the age of 40 and with the role that he's got with the Indian Cricket Team going into that T20 World Cup, I think he'll move into a management role or even the head coach of CSK," Hogg added.

"Probably the management role and sit alongside Stephen Fleming and help out develop the youngsters but also create a good strategy for the new wave of CSK cricketers moving forward because you need someone of that quality around that knows Indian conditions, knows the Indian people and has a good rapport with the players."

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T20 World Cup: Afghanistan faces potential ICC ban if they play mega event under Taliban flag: Reports

Afghanistan has been under severe stress in the past few months, ever since the Taliban outfit took over from the government. However, the Taliban group had made it clear that they will allow the senior men's cricket team to function without any interference from their end. Thus, the Afghanistan's men's cricket team is set to take part in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which will commence from October 17 in the UAE. However, things could still go downhill for the Asian side if they play under the Taliban flag.

In case, Afghanistan goes ahead and decides to take part under the Taliban flag, the repercussions could be huge for them as the International Cricket Council (ICC) can ban the team from participating in the marquee event and suspend them as well. After the removal of executive director Hamid Shinwari by Taliban rulers, the talks doing the rounds are that the men’s cricket team might play under the Taliban flag in the seventh edition of the T20 WC. For the unversed, all 16 participating countries are required to submit the flags under which they will be playing in the coming few days. Hence, all eyes are on Afghanistan. The ICC might set up a meeting soon if the Rashid Khan-starrer participate under the Taliban flag; where a board meeting could then vote to suspend the team.

At present, some of the Afghanistan players are busy involved in the second and final leg of the IPL 2021 edition, being held in the UAE which will be followed by the T20 WC. Thus, it remains to be seen what action will the ICC take if Afghanistan turn up under the Taliban flag for the showpiece event.

If the Afghanistan cricket team decides to play under the Taliban flag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will not allow them to participate in the upcoming ICC T20 Cricket World Cup. As per a report in Telegraph UK, the ICC might not only ban Afghanistan from T20 WC but also dismiss them from the group of member nations.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there have been speculations about the future of cricket in the country. Many questions were raised after a Taliban spokesperson said that women won't be allowed to play cricket even though the men's team has got approval to continue.

If the Afghanistan cricket team decides to play under the Taliban flag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will not allow them to participate in the upcoming ICC T20 Cricket World Cup. As per a report in Telegraph UK, the ICC might not only ban Afghanistan from T20 WC but also dismiss them from the group of member nations. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there have been speculations about the future of cricket in the country. Many questions were raised after a Taliban spokesperson said that women won't be allowed to play cricket even though the men's team has got approval to continue.

According to the reports, the ICC would call an emergency board meeting to discuss Afghanistan’s move to play under the Taliban flag at the T20 World Cup. Such a board meeting could then vote to suspend the side. But as of now, the apex body is expecting them to play with the country’s flag as it has played in previous global events.

Afghanistan are paired with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two other teams yet to be qualified. The Taliban has openly said that they won’t allow women to participate in sporting activities, which indicates that the Afghanistan women’s cricket team is likely to be dissolved. This could also adversely affect the Afghanistan men cricket team’s participation in Test cricket as according to ICC rules, a Test-playing nation must have a women’s cricket team.

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