India’s newly appointed Test captain Virat Kohli will most likely skip the short tour of Bangladesh – that commences shortly after IPL 8, after reportedly requesting BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur for a break following a long season. The tour commences on June 8 with a one-off Test at Fatullah followed by three ODIs, all scheduled to take place in Mirpur.
Virat Kohli replaced MS Dhoni as India’s Test skipper when the latter quit the format after the Boxing Day Test against Australia at MCG last year. The Men in Blue spent nearly four months in Australia for the Tests, Carlton Mid-ODI Tri-Series and the ICC World Cup 2015 and with the eighth season of IPL taking place just nine days after the mega event, Kohli’s reported request to ask for rest doesn’t come as a surprise.
During an interview with The Indian Express, A BCCI source was quoted saying:
“Kohli has confirmed that he wants a break. Many senior players don’t want to travel to Bangladesh as they already have been touring a lot over the past one year. Few of them have requested for a break but the BCB wants at least some of the key players to be sent to Bangladesh as it will keep some interest alive with the TV viewers.”
For now, it will be interesting to see as who replaces Kohli as the Test captain. After a stupendous show in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane might get a chance to showcase his leadership skills. R Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara could also be considered for the job.
The BCCI source also confirmed that a new coach is unlikely to be named before Sri Lanka’s tour in August so for now, Ravi Shastri will continue his job as the team’s director whereas Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun will remain as the assistant and bowling coach respectively.
“We haven’t short-listed names of potential candidates who we think can coach the Indian team. The process is still in progress and it will take another month or so,” said the source.