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Debashis Sarangi ∙ Nov 19 2022, 4:30 AM

BCCI is likely to introduce split captaincy to Indian cricket: Reports


image-lanfejthHardik Pandya will likely lead India in T20Is [Source: AP]

In a significant development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sacked the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee on Friday night. According to emerging reports, the apex body is mulling over introducing split captaincy to Indian cricket. 

As we know, BCCI has consistently opposed having different captains for different formats. However, as it seems, the board has found India's shambolic World Cup exit a difficult one to digest and has made up its mind to be more format-specific in all its decisions from now onwards. 


Who are the candidates? 

The current captain Rohit Sharma has been struggling with his form and fitness. Therefore, it's unlikely that he will continue playing the shortest format till 2024. Although it is learnt that the board won't force him to retire, it also doesn't seem to be in a position to consider him for the upcoming T20Is. Therefore, in all likelihood, Hardik Pandya seems to be the front-runner in the race for India's new T20I captain. 

However, Rohit might continue captaining the Test and ODI teams, as the WTC cycle and ODI World Cup will be concluded next year. As Hardik is no longer playing Tests, he might take the reins in ODIs, with KL Rahul or Rishabh Pant leading the team in the purest format after Rohit's departure. 


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