A. Well certainly everyone is looking around for "Hows INDIA going about its WC preparation " and selectors n Board I think are the one who are doing most of the thinking. Well ,if you speak about actions the team for ASIA cup says all.
Here we have are our seniors who know how to tackle pressure along with youngsters who have performed at domestic circuit and made their way till here. Also there were speculations regarding fitness and fielding performance and the team management seems to have taken this issue seriously as well ( just read a report on indiatimes which says that change is seen in the ways things are going aroun in the indian camp ) . So we are certainly moving in the right direction towards WC 2011.
A. The saying goes 'Form is temporary and class is permanent!'. Same way, formats are irrelevant as far as a class player is concerned. A look at the teams participating in the Asia Cup would reveal that the selectors of respective teams have mainly gone by the class and reputation of the players when selecting their team for the Asia Cup. They have pushed aside all the other aspects including disciplinary actions (as far as Pakistan is concerned) and have gone back to tested and proven talent and picked their teams. This definitely is a mature way of selecting a ODI team for as important an event as the ICC World Cup 2011. This process of selection is more applicable for the selection of a team for ODI rather than for any other format of the game. The 50 Over format combines both the agression and youthfulness of a T20 cricket and the patience and intelligence of a Test Match. That is the reason why all the great Test Match players have done more than reasonalbly well in ODI too. Whether it is the solid Rahul Dravid of India or the most dynamic Afridi of Pakistan they both have their rightful place in the history of ODI Cricket. Hence, it is necessary to pick the best available talent for the national side to represent the country in the ICC WC 2011. The right combination of youth and experience, agression and patience, form and class, exposure and surprise, brains and muscles will ultimately decide the success of the teams in the World Cup 2011!
A. This is only for the third time that world cup is organised by sub continental nations in the history. And the selection is become crucial because the pitches are known and the board is going to instruct how pitches should be made. And as we all know that cricket is a game of uncertainty, any time situation can be changed. So there are diffrent situation in the matches and players are needed who have skills to convert all unfavourable condition to favourable ones. So there are some times need to get runs in quick time to win, and also condition may arise that after a shaky start some stable bat needed. Bowlers are also key because some times bowlers who takes wickets are needed and to compliment them some who contain runs are also needed. So board should consider performance for all the three formats to prepare a balanced team who can perform in any situations.
A. With the limited time frame, the selection of players should be restricted to only the international matches. Primarily performances in ODI's and test matches should only be considered. T20 matches canâ€™t be used as a yardstick for selection of players especially for 50 over world cup tournament. Fitness, form of the player and the commitment on the field should be the major selection criteria. Resting players from now on would be of no help to the team. We must deploy our best 15 players and try to strike the right balance for different conditions to enable players be match fit. Since the world cup is being held in India, we must plan accordingly and try to improve our strengths rather focusing too much on the weaknesses.