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BCCI to leave it up to Rohit & Virat to decide T20I futures – reports

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will leave it up to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to take a call on their T20I careers. The news comes after India’s exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup due to their defeat against England in the semi-final in Adelaide on Thursday.

Several senior players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik are likely to be dropped from the T20I setup with the next edition of the T20 World Cup to be played in mid-2024.

BCCI won’t ask Rohit, Virat to retire from format

The Press Trust of India (PTI) has reported that multiple changes are expected in the team’s scheme of things in the shortest format. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is being considered as a long-term captaincy candidate for the same.

“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,” a source from the BCCI was quoted in a report by the PTI.

He added, “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.”

Rohit will be aged 37 by the time of the next T20 World Cup and there are glaring question marks over whether he will continue to lead the T20I side by then. Similarly, Karthik’s elevation as the designated finisher was a temporary arrangement and the team is likely to look for alternative options going ahead.

Ashwin couldn’t really come up as a wicket-taking threat in the T20 World Cup campaign and other spinners including all-rounder Washington Sundar might get the management’s backing keeping 2024 in mind. Overall, quite a few tectonic changes are expected in the way India approaches the T20I format moving forward from now.

In the meanwhile, the team management’s focus will rest on the One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Test format with the ODI World Cup and the current cycle of the World Test Championship culminating in 2023.

India will play three T20Is vs New Zealand next week. But they will compete in only 12 T20Is until the commencement of the ODI World Cup late next year. So the focus is set to shift on the 50-over format for the time being with India playing at least 25 ODIs in the coming year.

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Tarkesh Jha
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Tarkesh is a passionate cricket fan from India. He specialises in reporting on news from around the cricketing world as well as putting together opinion pieces. You can connect with Tarkesh on Twitter (X) at: https://twitter.com/jha_tarkesh

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