T20 World Cup: ‘Rohit Sharma Unlikely to Stay Captain for T20 World Cup 2024’ – BCCI Official
T20 World Cup: The final of the T20 World Cup on November 13 will be an end to the World Cup cycle. And, BCCI has already set plans for the next cycle keeping in mind the T20 World Cup 2024 as well. Meanwhile, there is a puzzle regarding Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and as per InsideSport, all-format captain Rohit Sharma is unlikely to stay on as T20 captain for the next ICC T20 World Cup as well.
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And, as part of BCCI’s transition plan, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant apart from KL Rahul will be groomed after the 2023 ODI World Cup. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, will be asked to focus on ODI and Tests and could play the shortest format only in big series and tournaments as well. Notably, Rohit Sharma is already 35 while Virat Kohli is 34 and both do not have a lot of years left in them as well. However, after the T20 World Cup, the selectors and the BCCI officials will hold a discussion with both Rohit and Kohli as well.
“It’s not that they will be forced to quit one format. But one has to understand that they are in mid-30s and are two very crucial players for India. They need to be rotated and rested constantly for big series and ICC tournaments. But one cannot rotate a captain too many times. Since, T20s will not be in focus, we have to phase out Rohit gradually when someone like Hardik, KL or Rishabh are ready to take the charge,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
T20 World Cup: A change in captaincy could be seen soon
“Hardik and Rishabh have both done well as captains. Both are captains in IPL and have plenty of times to prove. Hardik has already proven in IPL. But there is KL too and he is also learning with Rohit and Virat around. But all these talks about change in captaincy will be done only after 2023 WC,” the official again said.
When Virat Kohli was going through his poor form, the idea was that the World Cup will determine his place in the shortest format. However, Kohli has returned to form and has been doing quite well too.
“The selection committee has started this transition phase consciously as T20Is are not priority in the year 2023. ODIs are and so some players in certain slots could be tried out and seen if they are fitting in those slots. T20Is again become important in 2024 in World T20 year,” a BCCI source told PTI.