India to be severely affected by new ICC rule
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to implement a new rule in World Cups, as from now on the strength of a contingent should not exceed more than 23 members. Previously they would allow 25 members.
This new rule by the world body could severely affect composition of the squads during global events. Specially India and England’s team could be the most affected, as they are known to send large contingents for the ICC tournaments.
Apart from India and England, sometimes even Australia also send big contingents. For one ICC event, an England squad had some 28 members. The currently New Zealand tourning India team also has 28 members — 15 players, four coaches, two throwdown specialists, one trainer, one physio, two masseurs, one manager, one logistics manager and one media manager.
According to a report by the Bangalore Mirror, the rule has already come into effect in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup in South Africa, and it will be followed during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia as well.
It is understood that this new move is mainly in order to reduce logistical burden as well as bring about a cut down on expenses.
Because of this rule, Team India will not have the luxury of carrying extra players in the squad anymore. They had taked Dhawal Kulkarni as the designated yet unofficial 16th member of MS Dhoni’s squad during the 2015 World Cup.
The cricket boards, including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have not yet reacted to this move, but their reaction would definitely be something interesting to watch out for.