The wait continues for India’s squad announcement for the upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan, just four days before the first match in Mohali.
Amidst the anticipation for India’s squad announcement, the cricketing world eagerly awaits clarity on the Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma dilemma. Reports suggest that BCCI secretary Jay Shah may play a key role in resolving the issue. Speculations on the squad announcement have not been confirmed by the BCCI. The delay is linked to the conundrum surrounding the inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, especially in light of the T20 World Cup 2024.
Insiders reveal that external factors, such as ICC promotional endeavors featuring Kohli and Rohit Sharma, have added complexity to the situation. A former BCCI official emphasized the external pressures faced by the board and suggested that Jay Shah’s role in empowering Ajit Agarkar’s committee would be pivotal.
Addressing the flexibility issues, the administrator stated, ‘It will be on Jay how much he can empower Agarkar’s committee. As of now, you need to accommodate both or drop both. The sensible thing would be to include both for Afghanistan and not make any promise for World T20 until the IPL performance is monitored.’
Chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar had traveled to South Africa during the second Test to discuss matters with the two veterans, who have expressed their availability. The decision-making process has become more complex due to external factors, leading to the possibility that Jay Shah may need to intervene and make the final call.
As per the latest update, Agarkar has returned to India, and the squad announcement is expected in the next 24 to 48 hours. Despite the anticipation, the BCCI has not provided any official communication on the matter. The cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the resolution of the Kohli-Rohit Sharma puzzle as the clock ticks down to the T20I series against Afghanistan.