MUMBAI: Contrary to highly speculative small talk that captivates the way ahead of the selectors, there is no such plan in place at all right now.
Virat Kohli, the world’s most valuable batsman, all formats in the game, will lead India in the one-day internationals, T20s and Tests when India tour the Caribbean next month. “Sunday will be the day to put all this nonsense to rest once and for all,” say those in the know
India last had split captains for Test and ODIs in 2016 when MS Dhoni led in the white ball format while Kohli led the team in Tests. Earlier, from November 2007 to October 2008,Anil Kumblewas the captain and Dhoni was the captain in ODIs and T20s. But there is a theory that split captaincy does not work in India
MSK to chair selection meet
It was a chaotic and confusing Thursday in Indian cricket circles. In the absence of BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who can not leave Ranchi thanks to a continuing court case, the meeting was convened by the chief selector to convene the meeting. MSK Prasad, who heads the selection committee, will now chair the meeting in Mumbai and also convene it on Sunday.
The selectors are also waiting for fitness reports of all players TOI had reported that all-rounderHardik Pandyais likely to take a break from the series, while Jasprit Bumrah will seek a break from the white balls and return to the Test series.
On Sunday, The Committee of Administrators (CoA) directed on Thursday that the chairman of selectors will be replaced by BCCI’s general secretary as the convener of selection meetings, the ongoing reforms mandated by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Panel.
Ahead of tours, selection committee meetings, in fact, will be convened by an administrative manager and the present secretary’s (Choudhary) role will be nonfunctional.
The CoA took this call on Thursday, two days after TOI report on the legal mess surrounding Choudhary in the Jharkhand High Court and his anticipatory bail was not accepted by the court.
In fact, the CoA has also gone a step further and directed that from now on, the secretary will not be allowed to attend any election.
Meanwhile, Team India is very sure that the tour of the West Indies will be played with the same level of energy and commitment as any other series / tours in the recent past. “Last year, we played in South Africa, England and Australia. Before that, we played Sri Lanka. Now, we’re headed towards the West Indies.
“There are matches against Bangladesh followed by the tour of New Zealand. In 24 months, we’re up against all Test playing teams.
“That’s the challenge we’re looking at and no time will there be any let down in intensity,” said sources.
The tour of West Indies will mark the beginning of the ICC’s Test Championship cycle, as will the Ashes that is scheduled to begin next month and no team expected to take any bilateral tours lightly anymore.
MAJOR COUNTRIES THAT OPTED FOR SPLIT CAPTAIN CY
o MS Dhoni for ODIs and T20s; Anil Kumble for Tests from November 2007 to October 2008
o MS Dhoni for ODIs and T20s; Virat Kohlifor Tests from January 2015 to January 2017
o Adam Holliaoke for ODIs; Alec Stewart for Tests June 1997 to March 1998
oAlastair Cookfor ODIs; Andrew Strauss for Tests June 2011 to June 2012
oEoin Morganfor ODIs; Alastair Cook for Tests January 2015 to December 2016
o Eoin Morgan for ODIs; Joe Rootfor Tests January 2017 to present
o Steve Waugh for ODIs; Mark Taylor for Tests from December 1997 to January 1999
oRicky Pontingfor ODIs; Steve Waugh for Tests from March 2002 to January 2004
o Hashim Amla for Tests; AB de Villiers for ODIS June 2014 to January 2016