BCCI has postponed the much anticipated ‘review meeting’ with Rohit Sharma and Coach Rahul Dravid until December. The new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and Selection Committee will not take over until the Indian board has waited for them to do so. Now, the meeting will follow the series between Bangladesh and India. The new selection committee will be in place by the end of December, and the new CAC will take over in the second week of December. Before India’s visit of Bangladesh, Rohit & Rahul were expected to meet with the BCCI in Mumbai.
BCCI Official Informs About BCCI Review Meeting Postponement
A Top BCCI person spoke about the review meeting. He said, “No, we have decided to have the meeting at a later date. The planning for next World Cup should have inputs from two very important stakeholders — CAC and selectors. Once they take charge, we will speak to Rohit and Rahul about how to go about it. Besides, we do not have any T20s in next 15 days. The next series is Sri Lanka and before that, we will have both CAC and selection committee in place,”
“CAC will shortlist the applications and call shortlisted candidates for interview. Yes, we understand Cricket Advisory Committee at this stage is not functional. We will get that going soon. BCCI will announce new CAC soon.”
“We will get both in place by December. The new selection committee will select the squad for home series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand,” the official reiterated.
No (Cricket Advisory Committee) CAC at BCCI Postpones Review Meeting
The Cricket Advisory Committee’s absence is the main issue at the board. On the CAC, just RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik remain. Following reaching the 70-year-old ceiling after the T20 World Cup in 2021, Madan Lal retired. New selection committee cannot be announced without CAC. As a result, the BCCI must first designate the CAC before moving on to the selection committee.
Therefore, without a CAC, the BCCI is unable to proceed with the review meeting and selection committee appointment. However, Rohit Sharma will continue to serve as captain for the ODI World Cup in 2023.
New Permanent T20I Captain for India?
BCCI is currently facing a problem. They did not want a divided captaincy, thus Virat Kohli was relieved of his ODI and Test captaincy. However, Rohit Sharma’s ageing and the necessity to make arrangements for the T20 World Cup in 2024 have compelled the board to reconsider. The ODI’s Rohit Sharma will remain in place. After the 2023 World Cup, the topic of ODI and Test captaincy will be discussed.
A Top BCCI official informed, “We can’t afford to lose repeatedly. We will not take chances anymore. There are already in discussion with Rohit Sharma and he is comfortable with idea of the appointment of new captain for the T20 format. We will do the same with Rahul. He without doubt is an asset. But there is too much on his plate and we want to reduce his load. We will soon meet him.”