Ever since India lost to England in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022, the talks around an overhaul in the T20I setup have been doing the rounds. While a few former cricketers have suggested handing the reins in the shortest format to Hardik Pandya, some have suggested including as many young players as possible.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri also suggested emulating England’s approach in the shortest format and appointing separate management for T20Is. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also hinted at an overhaul by not including too many senior players for the white-ball series against New Zealand. While the Indian cricket board cited workload management for their decision to not select senior players, it is expected to be the way forward in T20Is.
As per emerging reports, BCCI is planning on not including too many senior players in the bilateral T20Is India are to play in 2023. The board has given two reasons for this. While they want a younger team for the 2024 T20 World Cup, the board also wants its senior players to focus on ODIs and Tests with the ODI World Cup and World Test Championship finals around the corner.
"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 BCCI source was quoted saying by PTI. "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."
Notably, India will tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Tests in December. The board has announced the squads for the two series. Most of the senior players who are still in the scheme of things and are available have been included in the two squads. Rohit Sharma will be back leading the side in both ODIs and Tests. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have also been included in the two squads.
The tour kicks off with the first ODI set to be played on 4 December in Dhaka.