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ICC World Cup 2019: BCCI to announce India squad on April 15

India will play their first match against South Africa in Southampton.

Indian players
Indian players. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Days after the conclusion of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ICC World Cup, scheduled to start on May 30, will take centre stage. India are one of the favourites and captained by Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue are set to play their first match of the 50-overs mega tournament against South Africa on Wednesday, June 5 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

With April 23 being the deadline for all the teams to announce their World Cup squad, only New Zealand have put forth their 15-member team last week. In the meantime, it has been learned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to name the squad on Monday, April 15 as per reports in Hindustan Times. India lost the recent five-match ODI series against Australia 3-2.

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Going into the extravaganza, India have quite a few issues to ponder over, including the number four conundrum. MSK Prasad, the chief selector, earlier said that barring a few places here are there, most of the players have been zeroed in on. Even Rohit Sharma, India’s gun top-order batsman, echoed Prasad’s words and said that conditions will also impact the selection of the squad.

It also depends upon the conditions

“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 was quoted as saying in Mumbai.

“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 added.

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