These series will act as the perfect practice arena for the upcoming World Cup, which will entirely be held in India for the first time.
Despite favourable results in the bilateral series last year, the team failed to achieve anything major at the T20 World Cup, which led to shouts of Rohit Sharma’s ouster from leadership duties.
In recent series, the management decided to rest senior players in T20Is and made Hardik Pandya the stand-in skipper, who will also lead India in the T20I series against the Kiwis.
Further, in the latest development, a senior official from the BCCI, in conversation with News 18, revealed that the management has decided to hand over the ODI captaincy to Hardik Pandya after the 2023 World Cup.
“At the moment, Rohit will lead India to the 2023 World Cup. If after the World Cup, he gives up on the format, then we have the plan to make Hardik the captain.”
“There is no better option than Hardik to captain India. He must be backed and given a long rope,” said the official.