Jay Shah Confirms The Inclusion Of ‘Senior Players’ | Champions Trophy 2025

The Indian cricket team has ended an 11-year draught of winning an ICC tournament. They have won the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 after beating South Africa in the final. After the match, three legends of Indian cricket; Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja announced their retirements from T20Is. Jay Shah, the BCCI’s secretary, has confirmed that the ‘senior players’ will be there in the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Jay Shah also said this core group of players will also be available in the ODIs and Tests. Today, we will talk about this in detail.

Rohit, Virat, and Jadeja retire from T20Is

After Team India’s emphatic World Cup winning campaign, all three legends of the game have decided to relinquish the shortest format of the game in international cricket. Firstly, Virat Kohli came to the post-match presentation to collect his Man of the Match award in the final and announced his T20I retirement. Then, Rohit Sharma announced his T20I retirement in the press conference after the match.

After a while, an all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja announced his T20I retirement via Instagram. All three have played so much for Team India in this format and served a lot over the years, winning matches for the team. The Indian team will miss the services of all three in T20Is.

Team India: Rohit, Virat, & Jadeja Announces T20Is Retirement

Jay Shah confirms the inclusion of ‘senior players’ in Champions Trophy 2025

All three above players have retired from T20Is, but they are expected to be a part of ODIs and Test team setups. All three might also continue to play in the IPL (Indian Premier League) as well.

The BCCI secretary, Jay Shah confirms the inclusion of ‘senior players’ in the upcoming ODI and Test assignments. This indicates that assuming they remain fit, the senior players should be ready for India’s nine One-Day International matches before the Champions Trophy 2025.

By saying ‘senior players’, Jay Shah is talking about Rohit, Virat, and Jadeja, who retired from T20Is. He wanted Team India to win the Champions Trophy and World Test Championship (WTC) as well.

“The way this team is progressing, our target is to win the World Test Championship final and Champions Trophy. There will be a similar squad playing there. The seniors will be there.” – Jay Shah on availability of senior players going forward.

Jay Shah praised the Indian team and Rohit Sharma

Jay Shah also talked about crossing the line and winning an ICC title. While referring to last year’s ODI WC final loss, he said the team has worked hard to go one step further. He also praised Rohit Sharma and the other two for their efforts.

“We won all games (ODI World Cup) except the final in 2023 as Australia played better. This time we worked even harder and played better to win the title. If you look at other teams, experience counts. From Rohit to Virat, all excelled. Experience makes a lot of difference, in World Cups, you can’t experiment much also.” – Shah said.

“A good player knows when to say goodbye to the game, we saw that yesterday. If you look at Rohit’s strike rate, it is better than a lot of young players. – Shah on players retiring from T20Is.

Shah on bench strength in Indian cricket

While talking about the bench strength in Indian cricket, he said we can three teams if the need arises. We have seen so many good players coming in Indian cricket from domestic cricket and IPL. The squad for this series is full of youngsters and no established player is going on the Zimbabwe tour.

Will Hardik Pandya become the captain of the Indian T20I team?

Although it is not confirmed yet, Hardik Pandya might lead Team India in T20Is. He was even a regular captain of the T20I team about 8 months ago, but an injury in the ODI WC puts his case back. Jay Shah said the selectors would take a call on the captaincy. 

“The selectors will decide captaincy and we will announce it after discussing it with them. You asked about Hardik, there were a lot of questions over his form but the selectors showed faith in him and he proved himself.” – Jay Shah on India’s next T20I captain.

Who will be India’s next head coach?

As we all know, Rahul Dravid’s tenure as head coach is over, and the BCCI will announce a new coach before India tours Sri Lanka. Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer is a top contender to take this role. The CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) has interviewed two candidates for this role. It will be interesting to see who will get the nod. For the Zimbabwe tour, VVS Laxman is going with the young team as head coach.

Will Team India travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025?

As of now, the ICC has permitted Pakistan to host the Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan. But as we go forward, more developments will come regarding the Indian team’s inclusion in the tournament. We all know that the Indian government is not allowing BCCI to send the Indian cricketer team to play in Pakistan. Let’s see how things panned out.

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FAQs:-

(1) Why an Indian government won’t allow BCCI to send an Indian cricket team to play in Pakistan?

Due to political tensions, terrorism across borders, and relations between the two nations, the Indian government has not allowed the BCCI to play in Pakistan for the last 11 years.

(2) When was the last time the Champions Trophy was held?

The Champions Trophy happened last time in 2017 in England and Wales. Pakistan won that trophy by beating Team India in the final.

(3) Who scored the most runs in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024?

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, with 281 runs, becomes the highest run-scorer in the tournament.

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