Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been in close discussion with Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the roadmap of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Virat Kohli is currently leading the Indian team against England in United Kingdom (UK), where they are involved in an ongoing Test series and recently the India team made a remarkable 151-run victory at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
BCCI discusses the roadmap of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with Virat Kohli
With just two months left for the World T20, the BCCI is keen on focusing on the important tournament and the Indian team has no practice match apart from the IPL 2021, where players will represent their respective franchises. Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have a tough challenge ahead of them to build a strong squad that can win India the marquee event.
“Yes, BCCI top bosses did meet Kohli but let’s say that it will not be fair to divulge the finer details of the discussion. But with very little time left for the T20 World Cup and India not having any games prior to the (IPL), discussion was more about the roadmap going into the event,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Big challenge for Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for ICC T20 World Cup 2021
India last played a T20I series in Sri Lanka, where the toured with a second string squad and a host of players made their debuts in the shortest format. A total of eight players were isolated after all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested COVID-19 positive, which meant the Indian team management were left with no option but to play an inexperienced side.
India eventually lost the T20I series 1-2 to Sri Lanka but it allowed many players to get exposure in the international arena.
India had a great campaign under MS Dhoni at home in the 2016 T20 World Cup but they lost the semi-final match against eventual champions West Indies in Mumbai. Kohli & co will aim to finish the job this time in UAE.
India will play their first match of the T20 World Cup 2021 against arch-rivals Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on October 24.