A split captaincy was among the few changes that veterans and pundits called for after yet another disappointing performance by India in the T20 World Cup. England and Australia were among the first cricket nations to identify different red and white ball teams led by different captains. Few had previously questioned whether India should follow England’s path, but the idea of a split captaincy has always been dismissed by the BCCI.
But according to reports, the new selection committee is likely to be tasked with selecting the captains in the three formats. The BCCI on Friday sacked the entire Chetan Sharma-led national selection committee following a poor T20 World Cup performance where India lost to England in the semi-finals. BCCI has already invited new aspirants for the post, the last date to apply is November 28.
The eligibility criteria for the positions remains the same as before. “He should have played a minimum of 7 Test matches or 30 First Class matches or 10 ODI matches and 20 First Class matches,” an official BCCI statement said. “You should have retired from the game at least 5 years ago and no person who has been a member of any Cricket Committee (as defined in the BCCI Rules and Regulations) for a total of 5 years shall be eligible to be a member of the Men’s Selection Committee.
However, the first instruction would be to select the captains across the three formats. This could mean that Rohit Sharma could retain his captaincy for ODI and Test cricket, while Hardik Pandya could be considered as the T20I captain until the 2024 T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies. The report also adds that the chairman of selectors would have to address the media regarding queries regarding the team.