Ajit Agarkar will go to the West Indies to prepare the roadmap for the 2023 World Cup.
Agarkar will also talk to Virat-Rohit on the plans of T20 World Cup 2024.
New Delhi. In the year 2023, the biggest event of cricket is going to be the ICC ODI World Cup. Along with all the teams, all the attention of India is also on this main tournament. According to the reports, India is deciding on a core group of players for the ODI World Cup. Along with this, the team management has also started taking concrete steps to give opportunities to the next generation of players keeping in mind the T20 World Cup 2024 to be held next year. In such a situation, chief selector Ajit Agarkar is going to West Indies to hold talks with captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.
For this change, BCCI chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar is set to join the Indian cricket team in Trinidad for the second Test against West Indies. During this he will meet captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. This will be the first time that Agarkar will meet these two as chief selector. According to a report, the former India international is expected to discuss the way forward for Indian cricket with the two.
He will also meet Rohit and Virat Kohli to discuss their T20 International plans keeping the 2024 World Cup in mind. According to a report in Telegraph, the source said, “The time has come to bring in young players in the T20 set-up. These youngsters need ample opportunities and exposure before the big event to fit into their respective roles. Agarkar will make it clear to both Rohit and Kohli that they should concentrate on ODIs and Test cricket.”
Let us tell you that both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have not played T20 International cricket for India since their exit in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been regularly leading the team in the shortest format, while Rohit continues to captain in Tests and ODIs. India will play a five-match T20I series against the West Indies in August followed by a three-match series in Ireland.
However, both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli remain integral parts of their respective IPL franchises. Rohit led Mumbai Indians to the playoffs during IPL 2023, but individually he had an average season. On the other hand, Virat Kohli is no longer the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he was the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2023 with 639 runs in 14 innings including two centuries and six fifties.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 11:51 AM