Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, has discussed a number of impending changes in Indian cricket. Along with answering concerns about Rohit Sharma’s prospects in T20, he gave an update on the new National Cricket Academy as well as the academies in the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah took a diplomatic approach and stated that there isn’t a need for clarification at this time, despite rumors swirling around Rohit Sharma’s potential return as T20I captain.
“What is the need to have clarity right now? It (T20 World Cup) is starting in June. We have the IPL before that and also the series against Afghanistan,” said Jay Shah as quoted by NDTV.
Speaking about infrastructural upgrades, Shah stated that by mid-August 2024, the new NCA in Bengaluru and the academies in the Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir would be functioning. The construction of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy has already commenced.
“We will launch the new National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and the new academies in Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir at the same time in mid-August. The work on Jammu and Kashmir Academy has started,” Shah said.
Shah also spoke on the subject of ‘Pink Ball’ Tests, acknowledging the need to boost public interest.
“We will have to increase the amount of interest in the public for the pink-ball Test. If you recall the Test ended in 2-3 days. Everyone wants to watch a Test match lasting 4-5 days,” he added. India have played two ‘Pink Ball’ Tests to date, with both matches concluding well within three days.
“Once they get more used to it we will do more pink-ball Tests. Last time it was done in Australia, no one has done it since then. We were in talks with England, but we will do it gradually,” Shah added.