Hope to win both Champions Trophy and WTC Final under Rohit’s captaincy: Shah

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New Delhi. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said on Sunday that T20 World Champion team captain Rohit Sharma will continue to lead India in ODI and Test cricket. He also expressed confidence that India will win next year’s Champions Trophy and World Test Championship (WTC) under his captaincy. Rohit, who became the third Indian captain to win the ICC trophy after Kapil Dev and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has announced his retirement from T20 international cricket.

Shah said in a video message, “The next step is the WTC Final and the Champions Trophy. I have full faith in Rohit Sharma’s captaincy that we will become champions in both these tournaments.” The Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan next year will be organized after eight years (since 2017 in Britain). The draft of the schedule of this tournament has been submitted to the ICC but the BCCI has not yet given it the green signal.

It is understood that the BCCI will insist on implementing a ‘hybrid model’ like the 2023 ODI Asia Cup. Under this model, India played all its matches in Sri Lanka, including the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Shah’s message has put an end to the speculations whether Rohit will leave the role of captain in other formats? Unless Rohit leaves the captaincy, India will once again have two captains in different formats. Rohit will continue to lead in ODIs and Tests, while Hardik Pandya is expected to take over the captaincy in the T20 format.

Under Rohit’s leadership, India also reached the finals of the WTC and ODI World Cup last year. India lost to Australia in the final of the ODI World Cup after winning 10 consecutive matches. Shah dedicated India’s victory in the T20 World Cup to the three cricketers who retired after winning the title and outgoing coach Rahul Dravid.
He said, “I want to dedicate this victory to coach Rahul Dravid, captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.”

The BCCI secretary said, “This was our third final in the last one year. We lost the WTC final in June 2023. In November 2023, we won hearts with 10 wins but could not win the title. I had said in Rajkot that we will win hearts as well as the cup in June 2024 and will wave our national flag, our captain will wave the Indian flag.” Rohit, Kohli and Jadeja are expected to return for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in August. India will play six ODIs before the Champions Trophy, three of which will be played against Sri Lanka on its soil while the three-match series against England will be played on home soil in early February.

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