Irfan Pathan gives his opinion on split captaincy for India

Cricket News: Irfan Pathan gives his opinion on split captaincy for India. The former Indian cricketer was of the opinion that the team did not have the culture of multiple captains in the past.

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India named its squads for the tour of South Africa. It will be having the series in all the three formats. For all the formats, India announced its squad. After a long time, India saw a split captaincy. There will be three different captains who lead India in the tour in three different formats. The decision to have three different captains for India at a same time has not gone well with some.

Irfan Pathan is one such person who is not a big fan of split captaincy. The former Indian cricketer said that to maintain workload of the players, there has been a decision to have three captains. While Pathan said that it is a futuristic idea, he is not someone who believes in the same at present. The former left-arm pacer said that when the squads are big, one could go for such options. 

The former T20 World Cup winner said that Rohit had to take a break from T20Is. In the absence of Rohit, Hardik Pandya was given the responsibility of leading India in the shorter format. But the injuries of Hardik has forced India to look beyond the All-rounder. Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, and Rohit will be leading India in T20Is, ODIs, and Test respectively in the tour of South Africa. 

'I believe it's better if it doesn't happen in our culture' - Irfan Pathan

"It's clear that Rohit Sharma had to take a break from white-ball cricket, so you are not seeing him there. You are seeing him as the captain of Test cricket. However, you might see these things going forward. You might even see different coaches for different formats. I believe it's better if it doesn't happen in our culture," added Pathan. 

Irfan further felt that it is not right to have different coaches for Test cricket and limited overs formats. Irfan acknowledged the fact that there has been a demand for the same. But he further added that there must be only one coach and captain respectively in India irrespective of the format. Irfan believed that there must be only one engine to take Indian cricket forward. 


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