After the failure in the T20 World Cup, the BCCI has now sacked senior team’s selection team while there are reports that Rohit Sharma may also lose captaincy
After the failure in the T20 World Cup, the BCCI has now sacked senior team’s selection team while there are reports that Rohit Sharma may also lose captaincy

After the failure in the T20 World Cup, the BCCI has now sacked senior team’s selection team while there are reports that Rohit Sharma may also lose captaincy.

On Friday, the BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket in India) in a media release stated that it was inviting fresh applications for the positions of the five national selectors, setting November 28 as the deadline for applications.

This is the first major decision taken by the BCCI administration headed by the former India allrounder Roger Binny, who was elected unopposed as board president in October.

Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh, Debasis Mohanty and Cheetan Sharma (also the head) were serving in the selection committee.

Although no specific details were provided in the media statement – there was no mention of the selection panel being reconstituted – the BCCI probably took the step as part of its early review of India’s performances at successive T20 World Cups – exiting at the group stage in 2021 and losing in the semi-finals in 2022.

Since late 2021, the Sharma-led selection panel was reduced to four members after Abey Kuruvilla, the former Mumbai and India fast bowler, completed the maximum tenure of five years. While Kuruvilla moved on to the role of BCCI general manager (cricket development), the board did not appoint his replacement on the selection panel.

It was in October, mid-way into the 2022 T20 World Cup, that the selectors announced India squads for the limited-overs series in New Zealand, which is now ongoing, and also the Bangladesh tour in December. It raised eyebrows since it was an unusual move for selectors to announce squads for two separate tours at the same time.

Barring Mohanty, who is on the verge of finishing his term (he was also a national junior selector), the remaining three selectors had only served half – two years – of their four-year tenures.

Technically, Sharma and the other selectors can reapply for the posts. The qualification criteria for applicants are that they must have played at least seven Tests or 30 first-class matches, or 10 ODI and 20 first-class matches; they should have retired from the game at least five years ago; and they cannot have already served for five years as a member of any of the BCCI’s cricket committees.

On the other hand, media reports suggest that Rohit will retain the captaincy of the Test and the ODI teams while Hardik Pandya will reportedly take over as the captain of the T20I side ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup as the BCCI is bracing up for split captaincy. Indian cricket has hardly had different captains for different formats on a long-term basis.

It is said that the selection committee will report to the apex council and will appoint a captain for each format. With a 50-over World Cup in 2023, the selection committee is unlikely to tinker with the present captain. Since there are complete 2 years left for the 2024 T20 WC, the selectors can try out a new full-time captain in T20Is and also give youngsters ample chances on the road to the ICC event.

Pandya has already proven his mettle as a captain in the T20 format. The star all-rounder captained Gujarat Titans to an IPL title win in their debut season. Pandya’s success saw him joining the leadership group in T20Is and he made his captaincy debut against Ireland. He is ahead of Rishabh Pant in the pecking order and could be named the next T20I captain.

KL Rahul is the present vice-captain of Team India across all three formats. Rahul is an all-format player and is expected to miss many T20Is before the next year’s 50-over World Cup. Apart from a new captain, Team India might undergo drastic changes in the T20I side and many youngsters could be given a long rope.

Pandya is leading India in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand. Shikhar Dhawan will captain the ODI team.

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