ICC Announces Squad Comprising Top Players Who Missed World Cup Bus; Includes Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu
Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who were in the frame to be selected in team India’s World Cup squad, are unlucky to miss out on a place in the squad for the showpiece event, as per ICC.
The apex cricketing body has released a list of 11 players who, as per the board, were unlucky to miss out on a place in their respective national squads.
— ICC (@ICC) April 25, 2019
Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu feature on the list that also includes Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella and Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan.
Former Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chanimal is also on the list.
England’s Jofra Archer, who will have a chance to make it to the squad during Pakistan series, is also on the list.
Asif Ali is another player on the list and is followed by West Indies’ Kieron Pollard.
Peter Handscmonb from Australia, Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya and Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir come next.
Just like Archer, Amir also has a chance to make it to the World Cup, given that he performs well in the upcoming England-Pakistan series.
Talking of Rayudu, his absence from India squad did come as a surprise.
He was the sole batsman who was projected to bat at number four prior to World Cup.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also backed him during the home series against West Indies and he seemed to be on track for World Cup selection.
However, Vijay Shankar made an immediate impact and his three-dimensional skills also went in his favour, that saw him getting preference over Rayudu.
Shankar was handed his maiden ODI call-up earlier this year and he did enough to be selected in World Cup squad.
As for Rishabh Pant, his inexperience was the reason behind him being ignored.
MSK Prasad, the chief of team India’s section panel, backed Dinesh Karthik by mentioning about his experience.
This will be after a period of 12 years that Karthik will be a part of the World Cup.
After flying to West Indies for 2007 World Cup, Karthik missed out on a place in the team for next two editions of the tournament.
World Cup 2019 kicks off on May 30th with England taking on South Africa at Kennington Oval, London.
Prior to that, all the teams will be playing practice matches that will be played from May 24 to 28.