In a recent interaction, Jay Shah, the Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), chose to remain tight-lipped about the possible return of Rohit Sharma as the T20 captain for the Indian cricket team. This comes in light of the approaching T20 World Cup scheduled for June-July in the Americas. Shah suggested that there is ample time to deliberate on the team's leadership, with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the series against Afghanistan providing significant insight before the World Cup.
The Future of Indian Cricket
During the same discussion, Shah announced the forthcoming launch of a new National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. This state-of-the-art facility is expected to be operational by mid-August 2024 and aims to foster the next generation of cricketing talent within the country. In addition, he stated plans to establish more cricket academies in Northeast India and Jammu & Kashmir, thereby decentralizing cricket training and widening its reach.
Embracing Pink Ball Tests
Shah also addressed the need for increasing public interest in 'Pink Ball' Test matches. These games, known for their relatively quick resolution compared to traditional Test matches, have been met with varying levels of enthusiasm. The Secretary affirmed that efforts should be concentrated on making these matches more appealing to the cricket-loving public, potentially leading to a shift in the way cricket is traditionally consumed.
Striving for Pay Parity
Another significant point Shah touched upon was the ongoing efforts to achieve pay parity between the men's and women's national cricket teams. While acknowledging the existing wage gap, Shah stressed that equal earnings would be contingent on the number of matches played. He called for a collective effort from all cricket boards globally to schedule more games, thereby supporting the goal of wage equality in cricket.