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Indian team captain Rohit Sharma denied meeting BCCI officials including chief selector Ajit Agarkar and head coach Rahul Dravid. There had been rumours that Sharma had a two-hour-long discussion on the lines of the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup with Dravid and Agarkar, where they talked about Virat Kohli opening the innings with the Indian skipper, and Hardik Pandya’s fate in the forthcoming tournament. 

The rumours stated that they want Mumbai Indians’ newly-recruited captain to bowl regularly to earn a spot in the upcoming edition of the World Cup. Notably, the T20 World Cup is set to kick off right after the completion of the IPL 2024, from June 1 to June 29 in the USA and the West Indies. India will begin their campaign by clashing against Ireland on June 5. Ahead of the tournament, rumours started floating that the Indian management is concerned about Pandya’s well-being and they want him to bowl in every match of the ongoing Indian Premier League to earn a spot in the Indian contingent. 

Rohit Sharma debunks reports; labels them fake

The Indian captain debunked all the rumours and labelled the media reports ‘fake’ by stating that he didn’t meet the Indian chief selector Ajit Agarkar and head coach Rahul Dravid last week. The 36-year-old appeared on the Club Prairie Fire podcast along with Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan and said that he didn't meet anyone. 

NDTV quoted Sharma as saying, “I haven't met anyone. Ajit Agarkar is somewhere in Dubai playing golf and Rahul Dravid is actually watching his kids play in Bengaluru. He [Dravid] was in Mumbai but he got him [the son] to play on a red-soil wicket at CCI. That's about it.”

"We haven't met, to be honest. I think in today's day and age, unless you hear it from either myself or Rahul himself or Ajit himself or someone from BCCI coming and talking in front of the camera, everything is fake.”