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Dhoni puts Tests ahead of Super Kings

For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, country always comes before franchise and the Indians captain today made it clear that he would like to play the Ahmedabad Test against England even if that means missing the Champions League final.

Provided the Chennai Super Kings reaches the December 10 Champions League final, it could well be a dilemma for Dhoni who is expected to walk out for the toss in the first Test against England starting the next day in Ahmedabad.

The India captain, however, cleared the air himself and said he would prefer the Test match to the Twenty20 summit clash and would go by whatever the cricket board tells him.

"I have no information regarding this but for me, country always comes first," Dhoni said ahead of tomorrow's third ODI against England here today.

"I will go by whatever BCCI decides but in case I have to make a choice, of course I would like to play the Test match," Dhoni said after the Indian team's practice session at the Green Park Stadium here.

To ensure Dhoni's participation in the Champions League final, BCCI requested its English counterpart to delay the Ahmedabad Test by a day, so that the Indian skipper can fly back from Chennai to Ahmedabad just in time to play the Test match.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), however, cited logistics problems and turned down the request.

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