2011 World Cup squads - Sri Lanka & India
Around 10 days ago, Sri Lanka announced the 15-member squad for the 2011 World Cup
and it contained 2 bizarre omissions - Jayasuriya & Vaas. Now, why would you include these two in the preliminary 30-member squad two weeks earlier
and leave them out without them having played any ODIs in-between to improve or worsen their chances of selection?
It's not like they have been active ODI players over the last 1-2 years. Jayasuriya last played an ODI in December 2009
while Vaas last turned out in August 2008
! Why did they even get picked in the squad of 30 in the first place?
The BCCI did something similar earlier today. Piyush Chawla
, who would most likely be the player Makarand Waingankar alluded to
in the context of age manipulation, hasn't played an ODI since July 2008
. Yet, he was picked in the 15-member Indian squad
There are only 2 problem selections in the squad - Piyush Chawla and the absence of a reserve wicket-keeper. I am not sure if the playing conditions have been drawn up, but it is quite likely that if a player is coming into the World Cup with a known injury (i.e. didn't pick it up on/off the field during the tournament), a replacement player may not be allowed. Even when a replacement is allowed, the injured player cannot play any further part in the tournament.
The BCCI selectors are essentially punting on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni not injuring himself through the tournament. That's a huge risk to take with someone who has played the 2nd most number of internationals since 2008
, the triple role he plays and the multiple injuries he has been playing through.
Dinesh Karthik would have been a good 2nd choice wicket-keeper especially given his ability to keep reasonably well and play counter-attacking innings. But his last 5 ODI innings produced 30-odd runs
With Virat Kohli (unlikely to regularly feature in the playing XI), Suresh Raina & Yusuf Pathan the only decent fielders, and the likes of Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Yuvraj Singh (a pale shadow of his 2000-2006 days), Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh & Praveen Kumar being first XI choices, India's opponents will have loads of opportunities to pick up at least 1-2 extra runs an over without even trying to hit a boundary or six.
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