The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will announce the Indian squad for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on April 15 in Mumbai. The selection panel will be headed by chief selector MSK Prasad and they have decided to take a call on the Indian team. World Cup will commence from May 30 in England and Wales. Where India will start their campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) gave a deadline of April 23 to all the teams to name their final squad for the marquee tournament. New Zealand is the first team to announce their squad for the tournament while Pakistan and Afghanistan named a 23-member squad to participate in the preparatory camp before finalizing the final 15.
According to news agency PTI, the Committee of Administrators (CoA), along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers, decided on the date during a meeting on Monday.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has already mentioned that performance of the Indian Premier League 2019 won’t be considered while selecting the team. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma backed Kohli’s statement and stated that England’s condition along with Captain and Coach’s opinion will matter when naming the team.
There are still one or two places up for grab in the team. India’s number four misery is yet to be unsolved as the Team Management has tried several players for this place. Ambati Rayudu looked certain at this position but his recent failures with the bat forced the team management to look beyond him. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant have tried their hands at this place but they couldn’t do anything solid to solidify this post.
India is among the pre-tournament favourites to lift the World Cup in England. Cricket Pundits are naming England in the contention as well, who has been the most consistent team since World Cup 2015.