India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad: Rishabh and Rayadu named as backup players

India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad – After the highly contentious arguments that begun following the omission of wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and number 4 batsman Ambati Rayudu from India’s 15 man world cup squad in favour of Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar, the BCCI have announced that the two left out players have been named as a backup in lieu of any injury during the marquee event. The news comes as some sort of solace to the two batsmen who failed to make a place in the coveted squad.

India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad

As per the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) requirement, every team should have three standbys in case any player from the 15-member squad gets injured.

“Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Pant and Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So, if anyone gets injured as per demands of the team management, one of the three will be going,” a BCCI official said on Wednesday.

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“The standbys are only added to keep their visa and other documents in place so that they can fly down without any delay. If any batsman is injured, Pant and Rayudu will be the first two replacement players,” he added.

India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad

As far as the pace battery goes, the BCCI has decided to go in with only three specialist and frontline fast bowlers to spearhead India’s bid in the ICC Cricket World Cup slated to get underway from May 30. Naming Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Navdeep as the standby, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Avesh Khan will be traveling with the team as bowlers to serve as a practice to the main contingent along with possible replacements in the occurrence of unwarranted injuries.

India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad

“Khaleel, Avesh, and Deepak are not designated standbys. However, if any of the spinners or all-rounder gets injured, we may have to look beyond these designated three players. There is no hard-and-fast rule regarding this. The ICC Technical Committee has to be informed and the replacements can be flown in,” the official explained.

The official also clarified that Ambati Rayudu would be facing no action from the governing council for his contentious tweet in which he had taken a shot at the BCCI’s selectors for leaving him out of the world cup and bringing in Khaleel in his place. The batsman had tweeted about ‘3D’ glasses, clearly pointing to the selectors’ reference to Vijay Shankar as ‘three-dimensional’ player.

“I don’t think there is any reason to take action against Rayudu. It is just a reaction of a disappointed player. World Cup is the pinnacle for most cricketers. So, missing out on a spot by such is a close margin is heart-breaking and understandable,” the board official said.

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India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad

India’s ICC Cricket World Cup Squad

Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya

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