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India’s national selectors have decided to exclude numerous veterans from the country’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.
Those veterans that didn’t make the cut include the opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, spinner Harbhajan Singh and left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan.
The national selectors decided to snub all these veterans due to the fact that it has been almost a year since any of them have played international cricket.
“Seniors were also considered [for selection]. There was a discussion on everyone,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said. “But the thought process was to give preference to performers. The youngsters have been doing very well at the domestic level so they could not be ignored. Barring major injuries, the World Cup squad would be from this lot. Captain’s views were also considered.”
One other notable exclusion is batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Even though Pujara only averages 10.20 after playing five ODIs, he has been in excellent form in the last couple of List A matches he has played for Saurashtra. In fact, Pujara even boasts a incredible average of 54.01 in his List A career.
India’s preliminary World Cup squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Murali Vijay, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha