Sydney: Australian Test captain and World Cup hopeful Steve Waugh says he's confused by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) selection policy for the World Cup in South Africa next February-March.
Waugh, omitted from Australia's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad named earlier this month, said on Wednesday he didn't understand the ICC's guidelines. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) was on Wednesday seeking clarification from the ICC on whether it could name players from outside the 30-man squad in the side to travel to South Africa in February. Waugh's outside chances of winning a place back in the One-day side hinge on the outcome. "I can't understand it," Waugh said here on Wednesday. "Every side has to pick 30 players yet India hasn't. There doesn't seem to be any penalty or any urgency to get those players named. "It seems a bit strange. I don't understand the whole process. "If you can't be picked from outside the 30 then I think India has got a huge advantage because it hasn't named its players yet. "For me that seems pretty ludicrous that if you can't pick outside the 30 yet one of the countries hasn't even named its 30. "Basically, it's all about printing up the match fixtures and profile books. I think that's crazy." The selection policy has become an issue here in the wake of Shane Warne's shoulder injury, with selectors hinting they may go outside the 30-man squad to find a replacement. New South Wales' wrist spinner, Stuart MacGill was also omitted from the preliminary squad, but shapes up as a likely option if Warne is ruled out. Waugh said he would be happy to bowl off spin if it meant a recall to the One-day side. "I'm batting pretty well and I think there will be some opportunities," he said. "If I am playing well and there's a spot there I'll be happy to take it. I could bowl off spin if they want me to. Whatever's going I'm available." Australia's 15-man final squad for the World Cup must be lodged with the ICC by December 31.
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