IND vs AFG: Dates Confirmed For India-Afghanistan ODI Series, Senior Players Including Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli To Be Rested. With an eye towards the World Cup, the Men in Blue will host Afghanistan for a three-match ODI series in June. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will appoint an interim broadcaster as a result of the series.
The Afghanistan series, which is not part of the Future Tours Programme, will give captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid three more chances to try out different lineups before the World Cup, which is expected to start on October 5. The World Test Championship final between India and Australia is set to end on June 12. The IND vs AFG series will commence on June 23 after the WTC Final and prior to India’s tour of West Indies 2023.
India vs Afghanistan series to commence on June 23
“The dates for the ODI series between India and Afghanistan have been finalized. The bilateral series between India and Afghanistan will commence on June 23 and the final ODI of the series will be played on June 30,” a source close to the developments confirmed Cricketaddictor.
“The schedule for the series will soon be revealed officially by the BCCI after the culmination of IPL 2023. Since the Indian team will be traveling to West Indies for a long tour in July, fresh faces can be expected in the ODI series and senior players might opt to rest in the series,” the source further added.
BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah had earlier stated, “The Media Rights tender will be released as per schedule this year (June-July) and will depend on the Afghanistan tour, but more likely the process will start from the Australia series (in September.”
It will be fascinating to watch whether the BCCI launches a tender only for the Afghanistan series given that the broadcast contract between the BCCI and Star expired at the end of March.