India is likely to rest most of its senior players during the T20 series against New Zealand starting less than a week after the final of the T20 World Cup.
It is expected that a youth team will play three T20 matches at home and the team will mainly consist of IPL players. India will play three T20 matches on November 17, 19 and 21 in Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata.
After this, two Tests will be played in Kanpur from 25 November and Mumbai from 3 December.
Top Indian players like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah have been in the bio-bubble since the start of the World Test Championship in Southampton in June.
While the bubble in England was a comfort, it saw the fifth Test in Manchester canceled due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.
“Most Indian players, senior players are in back to back bubbles for four months now. Possibly after the T20 World Cup, you would want them to take a break and rejuvenate before the South Africa tour starting from the end of December. Be there.” Sources tracking developments in the selection committee told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
It is already decided that players like Kohli, Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be given a break.
Even Rohit, who has been playing consistently from the home series against England, will need rest but it will have to be seen how the workload management is dealt with after Kohli steps down from the T20 captaincy.
In such a scenario the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer are in contention for a mini-series.
NCA chief Dravid may have U19 job during NZ series:
There is speculation that Rahul Dravid will be the interim coach during the New Zealand series. The current Ravi Shastri’s tenure ends with the T20 World Cup to be held this month.
However, the NCA chief may need to work out a roadmap for next year’s U19 World Cup with the India Colts team to be selected for the Challengers followed by a four-nation junior meet.
BCCI is confident that they will get a new coach in the coming time.
Before that they would have to remove Madan Lal from the Cricket Advisory Committee as he is above 70 and the age limit mandated by the Lodha Committee reforms.