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BCCI names Rayudu and Pant as standbys for WC 2019


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday named some of the promising standbys for the upcoming World Cup. They are none other than young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and experienced batsman Ambati Rayudu.

BCCI names Rayudu and Pant as standbys for WC 2019
Rayudu and Pant

This also means that there is a possibility for both of them getting a ticket to the UK just in case if any of the Indian players suffer injury setback.

Fast bowler Navdeep Saini also impressed selectors as the speedster found a place in the list of three back-ups for the marquee event starting on May 30.

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Soon after the squad announcement for World Cup, there was a huge backlash on social media as to why the deserving candidates Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were excluded from the squad of 15. Cricket experts like Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Vaughan, Gautam Gambhir were not really impressed with selectors’ decision as Gavaskar and Vaughan called Pant’s omission surprising and Rayudu’s omission was questioned by Gautam Gambhir.

“Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.

When Rayudu took a dig at selectors

Rayudu took to Twitter to take a swipe at the selectors for his omission from the squad of 15 on Tuesday.

“Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday.

Rayudu’s remark comes soon after the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad explained that he picked Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”.

Interestingly, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be jetting off with the team as net bowlers but they can also be drafted in the squad if the management feels so.

“Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated standbys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,” the official said.

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