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Dhoni set to serve in Kashmir for two weeks
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Dhoni set to serve in Kashmir for two weeks

MS Dhoni will undertake patrolling duties in the Kashmir Valley during his stint with the Parachute Regiment due to commence on July 31 after making himself unavailable for India's tour of the West Indies.

The 38-year-old wicketkeeper holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and will spend two weeks with the 106 Para TA Battalion in the restive region.

"Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be deployed in Kashmir with his regiment between July 31 and August 15," an army source claimed.

"He will be doing patrols, guard and post duties," the source added. Dhoni's military assignment is expected to last two months in all.

The former India captain, who led his team to World Cup triumph in 2011, ran into trouble during the showpiece event in England and Wales when his wicketkeeper's gloves were found to be in violation of the ICC rules for bearing his regiment's insignia.

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With his waning batting prowess making the headlines, Dhoni's future in international cricket is clouded in uncertainty particularly with India chief selector MSK Prasad recently mentioning the need to groom youngsters in the team.

Dhoni brought down the curtains on his Test career in 2014 but has since then played a key role in India's limited overs setup, often seen as a shrewd tactician frequently assisting skipper Virat Kohli on the field.

His topsy-turvy tournament campaign attracted criticism for his conservative approach and lack of intent, sparking calls for retirement from the game.

21-year-old Rishabh Pant will be prioritized as India's number one wicketkeeper in the absence of Dhoni.

India tour of the Caribbean islands includes three T20 internationals, three ODIs and two Test matches with the first game scheduled to be held in Florida on August 3.