Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid attended the review meeting.
Hardik Pandya did not attend the review meeting.
new Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held a review meeting of Team India in Mumbai on Sunday, January 1, to prepare the blueprint for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Contrary to the ongoing reports in the media, there was no discussion regarding the captaincy in this meeting, which means that the current captain will continue to captain Rohit Sharma in ODIs and Test cricket. Apart from Rohit Sharma, BCCI president Roger Binny, secretary Jay Shah, head coach Rahul Dravid, previous selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma and National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman were part of the review meeting.
Hardik Pandya, who is captaining the 3-match T20 series against Sri Lanka from Tuesday, January 3, was not a part of this meeting. While Hardik is in Mumbai for the T20 matches starting against Sri Lanka. News agency PTI quoted a BCCI source related to the development as saying, “Rohit Sharma is captaining India in Tests and ODIs and there was no such discussion about his future as captain in both these formats. Look at his captaincy record in Tests and ODIs and it is more than impressive.”
India is in the race to make it to the final of the ICC World Test Championship for the second time in a row. Apart from this, there will also be Asia Cup and ODI World Cup in 2023. Meanwhile, it looks like Chetan Sharma may return as the chairman of the new selection committee or at least as the North Zone representative.
The source further said, “First of all, if Chetan Sharma had not been told, he would not have applied in the first place. This in itself is a sign. India has to play the World Cup in 10 months. The presence of Chetan and Harvinder will add continuity with the three new members.” Former fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad’s name is also running from the South Zone, but his selection is not certain. Including Chetan Sharma in preparing the roadmap for the preparation of 2023 World Cup is a big sign. It is understood that SS Das is likely to be picked from East Zone as he has 21 Test experience. From the west, the names of Gujarat’s Mukund Parmar, Salil Ankola and Sameer Dighe are in the running.
It was also decided in the review meeting that the pool of 20 players has to be rotated till the 2023 World Cup. Secretary Jai Shah said after the meeting, “The BCCI has selected 20 players who will be rotated till the 50-over World Cup.” The new committee is expected to be announced in the coming week.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 02, 2023, 10:32 IST