Chief selector MSK Prasad has said that India will look to form a core team in the next 4-5 months for the 2019 World Cup. He also spoke about the future of veterans Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.
On Yuvraj’s omission, he was quoted as saying in an Indian Express report, “Yuvraj has been rested. Doors are never closed on anybody. Everybody has got a right to play cricket. It’s their passion. They are chasing their passion. In terms of selection, we try to select the best possible team.’
He also opened up about Dhoni, who retained his place amid a cloud. “Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni. When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody. Whenever a player keeps ageing, for example, I was just reading Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three titles. His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’
“But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad explained.
Explaining his vision for the 2019 World Cup, Prasad stated, “We have identified some set of players who will be considered for the next 4-5 months and we will rotate them. After those 4-5 months we will come to a picture that these are certain players who will go on to play the 2019 World Cup.
“We have initiated this process of rotating and resting our main players, so we will see how some of these youngsters do over the next few months or so, and then we will take a call by the end of the year. We have 22 to 24-25 players in mind. We will be rotating them and we will see how they progress,” he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent