India’s 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) along with office bearers decided on the date during a meeting on Monday.
The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is April 23 but BCCI has decided to announce it eight days prior to the deadline day.
The World Cup will be starting on May 30 in United Kingdom, a few days after conclusion of IPL on May 12. India will play their first match against South Africa on June 5, 2019.
The few pertinent questions which face the selection committee will be the batsman for the number 4 position, the position of an all-rounder and the number of spinners to be included in the squad.
India captain Virat Kohli had made it clear that the Indian Premier League form will have no bearing on the final squad that is being selected for the World Cup.
“I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis,” Kohli had said before the start of the Australia ODI series.
“We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don’t see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players.”
Despite that, all anyone is talking about when Indian players are in action in the ongoing edition of IPL are their World Cup hopes and form. The national selectors are sure to be keeping a close eye on the performances.
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has already said that the squad will be conditions-based and that the inputs of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli will be factored in before picking the squad.
“I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots (undecided) which everyone knows about but again that depends on what the captain and the coach and the selectors think whether they want to go for the extra seamer or the extra spinner or extra middle order player or a reserve opener,” Sharma said.
“It also depends upon the conditions. The last time we were in England, the conditions were quite dry. I don’t know how things will be. So if it is like that than you take an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it’s not then probably take the extra seamer,” he said in Mumbai.
(With ANI inputs)