The future of Virat Kohli as Team India’s ODI captain is in jeopardy as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prepares to name the squad for the forthcoming tour to South Africa. Kohli, 33, has done well in bilateral tournaments, but has struggled a little in tournaments hosted by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The seasoned batsman has stood down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Team India’s Twenty20 International team. Kohli’s tenure as India’s T20I captain did not end well, as the Men in Blue were knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2021 before reaching the semi-finals. Kohli did not lead India in their first Test against New Zealand, but he is expected to play in the Mumbai Test.

After India’s Kanpur Test against the Black Caps, the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel was set to convene for the forthcoming series. However, the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant caused it to be postponed. It was previously reported that the BCCI was awaiting government approval for the tour.

The players who aren’t playing in the series against the Kiwis have been ordered to go to Mumbai for quarantine. According to sources, the Indian board will name the squads regardless of whether the tour begins or not.

“The Indian team will be announced in the coming days. We will prepare everything on our end and then await the government’s approval. We would cancel the trip if the government told us to, but we need to keep the squad selected and ready,” a senior BCCI official told The Times of India on Wednesday, December 1.

In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s also possible that the three-match Test series will be reduced to two games. The red-ball matches are currently being held in Johannesburg, Centurion, and Cape Town. “We’ll know in a few days if the series will be a two-Test affair rather than three,” a local pundit said on television during India’s match against South Africa A in Bloemfontein.