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India will host the 13th edition of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 in October and November and will be the first ODI tournament to be held entirely in India. India partially hosted in 1987, 1996, and 2011. Former Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan believes that the squad cannot be limited to just 20 players with the World Cup just nine months away.

Following a review meeting with captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, the BCCI opted to choose a 20-player pool. They made the decision to be well-prepared for the World Cup and reduce the team’s injury problems. India have not won an ICC trophy for over a decade since MS Dhoni led the team to victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy.

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Nine Months Is A Long Period Of Time – Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan feels that the board should not have restricted the pool to just 20 players considering the time left for the World Cup in India in October-November.

“World Cup is still nine months away, you can’t have just 20 players and just rotate them and think that you’re going to find those players only above the rest.

“And it’s not happening, look being a part of NCA in terms of coaching courses, and knowing those coaches what they have done now, they have had a clear communication on Indian cricket, with Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and the coaches,” Pathan said on Star Sports.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“There were 33-target list of players, apart from the contracted list that we have, so that’s a very big pool of players we are talking about, not just 20. 20 can’t be enough.

“Because if something goes wrong with those 20, be it injuries or form, nine months is a long period of time you need a bigger pool of players, and this is where you’re going to find them. And those 33 target list of players, they can practise anytime, they can work with the coaches,” he added.

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