First up, there could be more trouble for India’s Hardik and Rahul, Rohit Sharma feels all his side’s world cup slots are nearly taken, details of Australia’s limited overs tour to India are confirmed and South Africa announced a 14-man squad to face Pakistan this month. India’s Hardik Pandya and kL Rahul are likely to be suspended by the BCCI over their comments on a talk show that have kicked up a storm. The duo was issued show-cause notices by the board on Wednesday. In email correspondence accessed by ESPN Cricinfo, Vinod Rai of the Committee of administrators calls their remarks on the show as ‘crass’ and suggests to co-administrator Diana Edulji to hand both a two-match suspension. The comments about women, particularly by Hardik Pandya, have received severe backlash after the show’s airing on Sunday.
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India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma spoke to the media in Sydney ahead of the upcoming ODI series and shared that India’s squad for the World Cup would be similar to the one name for the series against Australia and New Zealand. With a rider that selections would depend on form, he added that there was no guarantee of being picked and there will be some concerns about form and fitness but I don’t see there will be any drastic change in this card honestly looking at you know the slots more or less I think you know the slots are pretty much you know taken by individuals but having said that I think I still feel you know everything will depend on the form of each player I think nobody is guaranteed that flight to England as yet. Also talking about MS Dhoni spot which has been a middle-order concern for India, Rohit called the former captain a ‘guiding light’ and credited him for the recent successes of wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
There’s more India – Australia cricket action lined up this year with the Aussies scheduled to arrive in India for two limited overs series starting February 24th. Announcing the fixtures on Thursday, the BCCI confirmed the venues for the two T20Is which would then be followed by a five-ODI series that ends 10 days before the IPL. It also means that after their ongoing Australia tour, India will end up playing 13 one-dayers before the World Cup. South Africa has announced a 14-man squad for the first two ODIs against Pakistan to be played this month.
Batsman Rassie van der Dussen is in line for an ODI debut after his match-winning fifty on his T20I debut last year, while seamer Dane Paterson to earns a recall. South Africa is trying to beef up their batting for the World Cup which would be without AB de Villiers. Hashim Amla who missed the recent series in Australia returns to the squad but the Proteas will still be without JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi who were still on their way to full fitness.