The top Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, as well as Mohammed Siraj may not play in the ODI series against Afghanistan in order to manage their growing workload. According to reports by the TOI, the mini-series may not happen because of India's scheduling, but the Indian Cricket Board is expected to carry out the series following board secretary Jay Shah's announcement last month. Hardik Pandya will likely be the skipper for the second-string team that the selectors will name.
The series' dates have not yet been set, however they are most likely to fall between India's tour to the West Indies and the Test Championship final during the third and fourth weeks of the following month. The board has agreed to give people like Rohit, Kohli, as well as Shami a break in consideration of their workload.
According to Cricbuzz, the Indian Cricket Board is having trouble scheduling the Afghanistan series, which is planned to consist of three ODIs, due to the time limitation as well as the fact that the broadcast agreement with Disney Star has expired and a new tender has not yet been released.
Who all are likely to feature in the series against Afghanistan?
Most of the best cricketers from India participate in the IPL, the two-month lucrative competition, and a few of them will play in the Test Championship final versus Australia at The Oval starting on June 7. A full-strength Indian team is scheduled to travel to the West Indies for a complete three-format tour in July. During July 12 to August 13, they will compete against the West Indies in two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is. Then, the team is anticipated to participate in a series consisting of three T20I matches in Ireland.
Thus, including players like Rohit along with Kohli during the Afghanistan series is almost unfeasible. Players who showed their true talent and potential in the 2023 Indian Premier League including Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, and Ruturaj Gaikwad may benefit from this.
Fans react to rumours of Team India choosing a B side for the series against Afghanistan in June : -
The BCCI planning to send a second string team for the Afghanistan series in June. (Reported by TOI). pic.twitter.com/qxHw3RCfG8— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 25, 2023
Please BCCI don't do that. The feast of the series will be Kohli vs. not a known player.— Naveen Shandilya (@ShandilyaNaveen) May 25, 2023
C team bhejo— . (@AamirsABD) May 25, 2023
Means Rohit can play— ISHN (@Deshdrohit) May 25, 2023
@BCCI @ImRo45 sir, If Shikhar Dhawan sir & Sanju Samson sir aren't included in the main ODI squad for Sri Lanka series then they should atleast be drafted in the reserve squad against Afghanistan to keep themselves ready, just incase we need some replacements in future.— Advaitya Chandhoke (@AdvaityaC) May 25, 2023
Good chance for Rohit to come back in form— Cricket Crazy (@CrazyinCricket) May 25, 2023
That's what I want . Players like Jaiswal,Ruturaj,Tilak,Jitesh,Dube,Rinku,Samson,Umran, Mukesh,Akash Madhwal,Mohsin ,Bishnoi can play the series who are primarily not in ODIs wC plans— Abhisek@2816 (@AbhisekBChoudh2) May 25, 2023
There should be a second string side, with players who always remain in squad but don't get enough chances to play countries like Zim, ire, scot, namibia, afg, nepal etc— ritviksays (@rs_559) May 25, 2023
Such a setup will be beneficial for both waiting players and smaller nations to get experience
Should send a second sting team in west indies as they are not qualifying for world cupand even if they qualify they ca be beaten easily. afghanistan is important team so first team should play there— kartik (@kartik00987725) May 25, 2023
Good to test our young players jaiswal rinku madhwal— Stiffmeister (@chico91617929) May 25, 2023