first_imgRishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squadIndia are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 16:00 IST Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad has created quite a stir (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three playersPant was pipped by Karthik and Vijay Shankar preferred over Rayudu in India’s 15-man squadSaini, Avesh Khan, Khaleel and Deepak Chahar will also assist the Indian team in EnglandYoung wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India’s World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side.Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30.Pant and Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant’s omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir.With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables’ list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen.”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.Rayudu took to Twitter to take a dig at 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.This was after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad justified preferring Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”.While Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be travelling with the team purely as net bowlers, they can also be drafted in if the management feels so.advertisement”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.In other developments, there will be no Yo-Yo Test for the World Cup-bound players as the IPL is going to end only on May 12, just a few days before India head to the UK. India are scheduled to play their opening World Cup match on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.”The players are already in the middle of a gruelling T20 season. Once the IPL ends, they will need recovery time.”It’s not like that there is a gap between two series and you are having a test. If you are tired, the results may vary,” the official explained.Also Read | Indian selectors given data analytics presentation before World Cup squad meetingAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan senlast_img read more