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Iconic Farewell: BCCI Drops Bombshell on Players – No More No. 7 for MS Dhoni

In a heartfelt homage to the former Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to retire the iconic No. 7 jersey that became synonymous with Dhoni’s illustrious career. Dhoni, renowned as India’s most successful captain in ICC events, has been honored for his significant contributions to the Indian cricket team, mirroring the earlier retirement of Sachin Tendulkar’s No. 10 shirt.

According to sources, the BCCI has communicated to the Indian team players that wearing the No. 7 jersey is now prohibited, aligning with the existing restriction on the No. 10 shirt. The decision to retire Dhoni’s No. 7 jersey has been confirmed by the Indian Express, stating that the shirt is no longer available for selection by current or aspiring players.

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A senior Board official revealed, “The BCCI has decided to retire Dhoni’s T-shirt for his contribution to the game. A new player can’t get No. 7, and No. 10 was already off the list of available numbers.” This move follows a similar incident with Shardul Thakur briefly donning the No. 10 shirt in the past, leading to its subsequent retirement.

Emphasizing the prompt action taken by the BCCI, the official explained, “In the case of the No. 7 shirt, the BCCI acted swiftly and took the number out of players’ reach.” Currently, the BCCI has allotted 60 numbers to the players in the Indian team, maintaining exclusivity even for those temporarily out of the squad. The official clarified, “Even if a player is out of the team for about a year or so, we don’t give away his number to a new player. That means a recent debutant has just 30-odd numbers to choose from.”

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