With the recent buzz of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the whole lot of controversies that have taken the centerstage, it looks like the IPL talks have overshadowed the whispers about the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The 50-overs mega event is scheduled to be held in England and Wales starting from 30th May, just after the IPL. The Indian team has already played all their international games before the World Cup, but the final Indian squad is yet to be announced.
During a recent conversation, Indian chief selector MSK Prasad revealed that the selection committee will be announcing the final World Cup squad on or before April 20. Prasad mentioned that the committee is confident of revealing a good team. Despite the recent limited-overs defeat against Australia at home, the chief selector feels that India will surely bring the prestigious World Cup title back home this time.
“We will be announcing our team for the World Cup on or before April 20. I am confident that we are going to announce a good team. We have worked on this for almost one and a half years. We have observed all the players, tested good combinations,” MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
We are pretty much settled
During a recent event, Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma revealed that the combination of the national team is pretty settled. However, Rohit did mention that there are one or two spots which are still up for grabs. He stated that the final decision regarding the selections will be jointly taken by the captain, head coach and selectors.
“I think we are pretty much settled (side). There are a few spots (that are up for grabs) which everyone knows about. But that all depends on what the captain, coach and the selectors think about the combination, whether they want to go with an extra seamer or an extra middle-order batsman or an extra opening batsman or an extra spinner,” Rohit Sharma was quoted as saying during a recent event in Mumbai on Thursday.
The conditions in England will matter the most
Rohit noted that it is very important to select the team in accordance with the conditions in England. The Indian opener also talked about his experience of playing in England during the 2018 series and revealed that the conditions were pretty dry at that time. He mentioned that if there are similar conditions as were in 2018, then they would have to include an extra spinner.
“So, it all depends (the team selection) because like KP (Kevin Pietersen) said the conditions in England will matter the most. The last time when we were there, the conditions were really dry, and I don’t know if it will be the same again there. If it is like that, then we need to get an extra spinner there as simple as that. “
“And if that is not, then, probably, we will need to get an extra seamer then. So, it all depends on what they think, and I also understand we won’t know what the weather conditions will be like. We are going to pick the team in the next few days, if I am not wrong,” further added the Indian opener.
Selectors will keep an eye
Rohit noted that the selectors will monitor the players’ performances in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he also feels that IPL should not be considered as a criterion for national team selection. “I think with their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on those guys during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Although I feel IPL should not be the criterion for the team selection,” concluded Rohit.