India cricketer MS Dhoni has “no immediate plans to retire” despite the ongoing speculations that the wicketkeeper-batsman may call it a day, confirmed Dhoni’s longtime friend and business partner Arun Pandey on Friday.

Speculations over Dhoni’s future intensified ever since India lost their World Cup semifinal match against New Zealand earlier this month.

“He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate,” Pandey told PTI.

Pandey’s comments came ahead of Sunday’s team selection for the West Indies tour. The picture on Dhoni’s plans will come to the fore once the Indian squad is picked for the tour beginning on the 3rd of August.

Pandey has been associated with Dhoni for a long time and also handles his business interest besides heading Rhiti Sports, a sports management company.

BCCI officials are expected to speak to the two-time World Cup-winning captain regarding his future plans.

Notably, India have fetched the 2007 World T20 Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Dhoni.

Dhoni has been under the scanner for the past few months, courtesy, his deteriorating form but his slow-paced innings in the 2019 World Cup has subjected him to severe criticism.

The 38-year-old has played 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 Internationals. He has amassed 10,773 ODI runs at an average of over 50 while in Test cricket, Dhoni accumulated 4876 runs at 38.09.