BCCI to pick World Cup probables in Kolkata tomorrow

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2002, 22:55 [IST]
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Kolkata: The Indian squad for the One-dayer series against New Zealand as well as probables for the World Cup in South Africa would be picked on Wednesday.

The senior national selection committee headed by Brijesh Patel would meet here on the morrow to select the Indian team for the seven-match One-dayer series against Kiwis beginning on December 26, according to sources at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The BCCI secretary S K Nair as well as other selectors - Kiran More (West Zone), Kirti Azad (North Zone), Pranab Roy (East Zone) and Sanjay Jagdele (Central Zone) - will reach here by Tuesday evening for the meeting.

Veteran spinner Anil Kumble and young batsman Yuvraj Singh in all probability would make it to the One-dayer team as the national selectors were expected to make some changes in the Indian side now in New Zealand for the two-match Test series. The selected players would join the team as soon as possible so that they should be in New Zealand well before the start of the One-day series to acclimatise themselves with local conditions, the sources said.

The selectors would also pick 30 probables for the World Cup. The BCCI has decided to keep the list of probables ready pending the settlement of the contentious players contract issue. The decision to keep the list of probables ready was taken following a request from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the rest of the countries had already sent their lists for the World Cup beginning on February 9.

Initially ICC had directed all participating nations to submit their list of 30 probables before November 30, but the BCCI had not submitted it in view of the objections raised by top Indian stars on the players contract for the World Cup.

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