The BCCI selectors are awaiting confirmation on Virat Kohli’s availability for the upcoming matches against England, which may be causing a delay in the announcement of the squad. The Ajit Agrakar-led BCCI selection committee was supposed to virtually meet on Thursday to finalize India’s squad for the remaining three Tests against England. While there is no clarity on whether the meeting took place, reports suggest that the selection meeting might have been delayed to Friday due to the absence of key personalities. It is believed that captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid will also join the meeting to provide their insights.
A BCCI official has been quoted as stating that Kohli is yet to inform the board about his return date, and it is now more or less confirmed that the former captain would not be available for the third and fourth Tests in Rajkot and Ranchi, respectively. However, a decision regarding his availability for the final Test will be taken later. The delay in announcing India’s squad for the upcoming Tests is also linked to the status of Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja.
Reports suggest that Bumrah is likely to play in the third Test, with discussions on managing his workload thereafter. The team management initially considered resting Bumrah for the third Test, but given his recent performance and the current state of the series, the selectors want him to be part of the lineup. Meanwhile, the fitness reports of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are awaited, with both players expected to play crucial roles in the team’s middle order in Kohli’s absence.
The fitness updates and potential availability of these key players are crucial for India’s preparations as they aim to maintain their performance in the ongoing series against England.