The future of the India vs Afghanistan series is seriously in doubt. The Men in Blue should face Rashid Khan…
The future of the India vs Afghanistan series is seriously in doubt. The Men in Blue were set to face Rashid Khan and company as part of their preparations for the 2023 World Cup. However, with the West Indies tour of India and the Asian Cup in the pipeline, the BCCI are considering pulling the plug on the limited overs series. BCCI officials and ACB chief Mirwais Ashraf will discuss the future of the bilateral series during the ACC meeting in Ahmedabad. India, meanwhile, are planning to appear with a second division team if the streak continues. Follow the IND vs. AFG series live updates on Insidesport.IN
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According to Cricbuzz, India and Afghanistan were scheduled to play a three-game ODI series between the WTC Finals and the India Tour of the West Indies. With only a month between the two commitments, BCCI is concerned about the workload and downtime of the players. Rohit Sharma’s team will also take part in the Asian Cup, the schedule will be announced soon, and the 2023 World Cup is also not far away.
With Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul out through injury, BCCI is careful not to overwhelm the players. Cricbuzz is aware that BCCI is reconsidering the series as a whole, but has kept the reasons behind it a secret. One of the biggest hurdles could be broadcasting rights as the contract with Diseny+Sgtar expires. Whilst a transitional arrangement can be sought it remains to be seen whether the Indian Cricket Federation can strike the right price.
Should the tour go ahead, India is expected to field a second team for the series, according to PTI. The three games will take place June 20-30, with BCCI interested in converting the ODIs to T20Is. With Hardik Pandya not involved in the WTC Finals, he is likely to lead the young side like he did in New Zealand and against Sri Lanka. The tour could therefore be a call for several IPL 2023 stars as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and others are rested.
A final decision on this will be made in the coming days. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) President Mirwais Ashraf is currently in India and will attend the 2023 IPL Final in Ahmedabad. While BCCI holds an SGM meeting on May 27, BCCI is expected to also meet BCB, SLC and other members of the ACC to decide the fate of the Asian Cup. The next few days will be busy for BCCI leadership as a number of important decisions need to be announced.
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