ICL: Indian Cricket League

Indian selectors to meet on May 30 to pick tri-series squad


The Indian board selection committee will meet on May 30 in Mumbai to pick the squads for the forthcoming tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan next month, Niranjan Shah, the board secretary, confirmed to Cricinfo. The selectors will be watching a few IPL games before taking their decision.

“We will be there for the last two league games in addition to the semi-finals and finals”, said Bhupinder Singh, a national selector. He also didn’t rule out the possibility of taking into account some of the top Indian performers in the IPL. “Definitely anybody who will be doing well might find a place.” The committee is likely to pick a 15-member squad for the tri-series scheduled to behin on June 7 in Dhaka.

But not all the selectors believe IPL form matters in national selection. Sanjay Jagdale, the Central Zone selector, said IPL performances would not be taken into consideration because India already have a stable one-day squad.

Considering the low-profile nature of the tri-series, selectors might be inclined to opt for rotation, which Jagdale said was possible only if the panel felt the players needed rest. “There will not be much experimentation as we already have a young side and if at all there are changes, we will give a player some exposure in place of another who needs to be rested”, Jagdale said.

Because of IPL’s relentless schedule, players have been traveling and playing non-stop for close to two months, so fitness will be a key aspect for selection. Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of the selection committee, had recently said “form and fitness” will the key parameters when they pick a squad. Jagdale added that the fitness will be discussed, “like we always do, and it will an important”.

The selection committee has a difficult task of picking a squad especially keeping in mind India’s triumph in the CB Series in Australia. That team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, had performed admirably in hostile conditions and Dhoni had a bigger say in the selection matters. It will be interesting to see whether the selectors make changes to that victorious squad.

Recently Sourav Ganguly, who wasn’t picked for the CB Series, joked: “I hope the selectors are watching”, after his all-round performances secured a couple of wins for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Vengsarkar said he was “impressed” by Ganguly’s performance. “He has done extremely well. Yes, we have been watching him, especially his brilliant fielding, with great interest.”

But an influential board member said it was very difficult for Ganguly to make a comeback.

Source:Cricket News

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