Team India’s limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma has been invited to attend the performance appraisal of India team on Wednesday in Hyderabad. While it was initially expected to have the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), India skipper Virat Kohli, chief coach Ravi Shastri, Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane and chief selectors MSK Prasad, Rohit too has been asked to be present as talks will range from selection policies to new player contracts.
Frequent chops and changes in the Indian team would be on top of the COA’s agenda for the meeting. Also, the question of whether the selection committee should be a part of the panel that decides final XI is also likely to come up. It is learnt COA wants selectors to be part of selection process so that the selectors can put their view across when picking the final eleven. The board feels that without that kind of input and say, there is no point in selectors travelling with the team.
In fact, in his first press conference as stand-in skipper at the Asia Cup, Rohit had spoken about the need to make the players feel comfortable by giving them a long rope.
“Nobody likes to be dropped and brought back into the squad. We want everyone to be feeling safe and settled, so that they can play freely. As a captain or player, you want your team to be settled and even the guys who are eyeing that spot want to be settled,” he had said.