The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the 15 members of the Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup will be picked on April 15 in Mumbai.
The 2019 World cup is scheduled to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 5th of June. All eyes will be on the selectors to see who will get a chance to participate in the mega event. It will be a tough selection for the BCCI, as they are still figuring out the ideal number four for India in the ODIs.
According to the guidelines issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the World Cup, every team has to announce its final squad on or before April 23. The teams, however, can make any changes to the final squad of 15 at least seven days prior to the tournament, after which point the ICC’s Event Technical Committee must approve any such changes.
Earlier, teams would announce a probable 30-member list two months before the tournament, but under the new Members Playing Agreement which came into effect in 2016, the teams do not need to follow such a practice.
“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. We are confident that the team we will announce, will definitely win the World Cup to be held in England in 2019,” Indian chief selector MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Currently, Indian cricketers are playing in the IPL, and everyone would love to grab that one spot by proving themselves in the T20 tournament. Selectors also will have their eye on the IPL performance ahead of the World Cup selection on 15th of April.