We will have two national teams ready at same time if such situation arises: Jay Shah

BCCI is in discussion with ICC over a separate time window for IPL, said Jay Shah.

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Last year, India played a Test series in England under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and a white-ball series in Sri Lanka with Shikhar Dhawan leading the team at the same time. The BCCI secretary Jay Shah believes that they are ready to field two different national teams if such a scenario arrives in the future. Shah has also said that BCCI is in discussion with various boards, including ICC, to plan a separate window for the Indian Premier League 2023 season.

India are currently playing South Africa at home in the five-match T20I series which will end on the 19th of June. Then India travels to Ireland to play two T20I matches on the 26th and 28th of June. National Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman is appointed as a head coach for that tour and but the team is yet to be declared.

The Indian Test side will then travel to England to play the only remaining match on the 1st of July, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 reasons in 2021. BCCI is set to name two completely different teams for Ireland and England tours. Shah has revealed that he has spoken with Laxman, and NCA will have 50 players roster ready.

“I have had discussions with NCA head VVS Laxman, and we will always have 50 players on our roster. In the future, you will have a scenario where the Indian Test team will be playing a series in one country, and the white-ball team will be engaged in a series in a different country. We are going in that direction where we will have two national teams ready at the same time,” said Shah as quoted by News 18.

BCCI is in discussion with ICC over a separate time window for IPL: Jay Shah

ICC has never had a separate window for IPL from their FTP calendar, and Indian fans have witnessed some big-name overseas players missing the tournament completely. But Shah believes that it will not be a case anymore as BCCI is discussing with the ICC and other boards over a separate time window for the IPL.

“That is an aspect we have worked upon. Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” he said.