Mumbai: Alastair Cook said his retirement from international cricket has been an “18-month process” after he ended his Test batting career with a century against India in the fifth Test at The Oval. Cook’s loss will be huge for England given their average opening batsmen. But his retirement can be a blessing in disguise for India as there are chances that he can become India’s opening batsman. BCCI is said to be arranging a secret meeting between Cook and Amit Shah to convince the former that he should play for India as age is on his side.
Cook, who is 33 still has a lot of cricket left in him. Normally an Indian batsman retires at an age of 37-38 after trying to break all records. Amit Shah is known in the political circles as a person who brings people from other parties into his own party and making his party strong. Now the BCCi wants Amit Shah to help the cricket team by bringing Cook as an opening batsman because the opening batsmen on display in England were pathetic in their performance.
Amit Shah is scheduled to meet Cook anytime after the current series. The meeting will be held at BJP headquarters in Delhi. Amit Shah can also give him an incentive of becoming a future Rajya Sabha member to make it more convincing. The ball is now in Cook’s court to decide whether to extend his playing career or not. Once the Cook situation is dealt with, BCCI can then look into other players which it wants to bring to the Indian team, the likes of Kevin Peterson and Mike Hussey who can still contribute to International cricket.