The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may make a significant decision, such as appointing a new captain rumored to be Hardik Pandya and retiring the veteran players, as one of the first steps in the Indian cricket team management's plan to develop a pool of players for the next T20 World Cup.
According to sources, the BCCI may soon schedule a meeting with Virat Kohli, head coach Rahul Dravid, and current India T20I captain Rohit Sharma to discuss the short format's future strategy. If and when it does, the topic of conversation will probably be the 2024 T20 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya set to become the next T20I captain
The T20I squad could be led by Hardik Pandya while Rohit Sharma leads the ODI and Test squads, though no confirmation has been given as of now.
It's also feasible that Dravid, who oversees all three formats like Rohit, may divide his job with a T20I-focused coach as well.
Team India lost to England by 10 wickets in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup earlier this month, so they once again leave an ICC event empty-handed.
Younger players would be given the preference in the few T20I matches India is scheduled to play next year, according to a BCCI source who spoke to news agency PTI shortly after the exit. The source said that the older players in the team will now only be focused on Tests and ODIs.
“The BCCI never asks anyone to retire. It is an individual decision. But yes, with just a handful of T20Is scheduled in 2023, most of the seniors will concentrate on ODIs and Test matches in that cycle,” the BCCI source was quoted as saying.
“You don’t need to announce retirement if you don’t want to. You will not see most of the seniors playing T20 next year,” the source added.