ICC World Cup 2019: Teams don’t have to name the probable 30 for the tournament

India will have to name the WC squad during the IPL.

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India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad recently mentioned that the selection panel would have to pick 30 probable players for the upcoming ICC World Cup by March 25, two months prior to the beginning of the event on May 30. However, he might have missed a crucial clause.

According to a report in Times of India, under the new Members Playing Agreement (MPA) which came into effect since 2016, the participating teams need not announce names of a provisional squad for any ICC event any more, especially the World Cup.

Ten teams are taking part in the mega event to be held in England and Wales and they include England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Windies and Afghanistan.

The teams need to submit their final 15-man squad lists for the WC a month prior to the event. “The teams have the option of changing players in this 15 anytime up to seven days prior to the tournament, after which point the ICC’s Technical Committee must approve any such change,” ToI quoted an ICC official as saying.

World Cup selection will be done when IPL is in progress

If all the participating teams have to submit the names of their respective World Cup squads by April 30, it effectively means India’s selectors will have to finish off their job while the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is still on. This could dash the hopes of players who are hoping to make use of the tournament as a last-ditch effort to revive their chances of making it to the WC squad.

India will take on South Africa in their first game of the WC in Southampton on June 5. The Men in Blue will face Australia in a two-game T20I and five-match ODI series at home starting February 24 in what will be their last international assignment before the mega event. The selectors named the squads for the two series last Friday and the exclusion of veteran Dinesh Karthik from the ODIs raised quite a few eyebrows.

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