National selectors will finalise the preliminary list of 30 Indian players for the most awaited event, ICC World Cup 2015 co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia on December 4, 2014. The list may contain a few seniors and proven cricketers who are currently out-of-form.
Sandeep Patil led five-member selection panel will choose the players taking several factors into account, especially the pitches and conditions of Australia and New Zealand. It means that Thursday will prove a different day for most of the senior Indian players who have been waiting to get a place in the Indian side for the World Cup. Ironically, most senior players who have been struggling were part of the 2011 World Cup, which India won very nicely. The selectors’ decision might finish their careers. Delhi’s Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Punjab’s Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra with Zaheer Khan will be eagerly waiting for the decision.
Yuvraj Singh, Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup, has not been in the form after recovering from cancer in recent times. All these senior cricketers played a vital role in winning the last World Cup, but they all have crossed 30s and are not in form recently. In fact, some junior players who performed well in recent few series and domestic cricket, they might also get a chance to be on the preliminary list. Chances are high, but they should feel delighted when they will get into the final squad of 16 members. The selectors are expected to hold 14 names that they chose for the last home ODIs against Sri Lanka with those players who were given rest for this series like Indian Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ishant Sharma, and Mohd. Shami, Varun Aaron, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja.
One thing that is entirely possible is if these senior players does not get selected for the list of 30 probable, their international career might get over. All the cricketers and fans will be waiting for a decision on Thursday.