The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has unveiled the squads for India’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies, appointing Rohit Sharma as the captain for both the Test and ODI formats. Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya have been named as his deputies in Tests and ODIs, respectively.
While the exclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara from the team came as a surprise, but this development likely came following his underwhelming performance in the World Test Championship final. Meanwhile, former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal shared his thoughts on the upcoming tour, urging Rohit Sharma to exhibit greater authority on the field as the Test captain, drawing parallels to Virat Kohli.
While appreciating the selectors’ choices, Akmal questioned the omission of Sarfaraz Khan and Umran Malik from the squad. Akmal suggested that Sarfaraz Khan should have been included or at least accompanied the team to demonstrate that he is not being overlooked and still has future opportunities.
Furthermore, Akmal highlighted Umran Malik’s potential with his pace and the conditions in the West Indies, indicating that the young talent could have been a valuable addition to the squad.
The exclusion of Pujara raises eyebrows, while Akmal’s comments on Sharma’s captaincy style add an interesting perspective. The BCCI’s decision not to include Sarfaraz Khan and Umran Malik in the squad sparks debate and speculation regarding future team compositions.