World Cup squad to be named on April 15

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur will hold a joint departure press conference on April 22.—File

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur will hold a joint departure press conference on April 22.—File

A little over two months ago, when the team for the five-match home ODI series against Australia was decided, the choice of Rishabh Pant at the expense of Dinesh Karthik set off a debate.

The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is 23 April but BCCI has chose to announce it eight days prior to the scheduled day.

Out of team which has been announced so far for the cricket world cup, only New Zealand has unveiled its 15-member squad which will be followed by India, today.

Historically India has never had a successful No. 4 in World Cup competition. The World Cup will be starting on 30 May in United Kingdom.

Apart from solving the Pant-Karthik puzzle, the committee, along with captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, will also have to decide on Ambati Rayudu's fate, which seems to be hanging by a slender thread.

One more thing which the selectors will need to discuss is the fourth specialist seamer becuase the presence of quality seamers in the side is always a bonus for any side.

At least 11 players are certain to be picked into the squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami. On the other hand, Karthik is a slightly better keeper against spinner which makes his case strong too. Lately, Vijay Shankar has also earned the faith of selectors and he might be on the flight to England as well. Both the wicket-keeper batsmen have been plagued with inconsistency and that could go against them.

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