With England set to announce their 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup on Wednesday, all-rounder Chris Woakes has stated that a potential call up for Jofra Archer would be ‘morally unfair’ on the rest of the players.
West Indies-born Archer is in the process of being fast-tracked into the England international setup and is widely expected to make the cut for the 15-man squad for the World Cup.
Archer’s Rajasthan Royals team-mate Ben Stokes had only recently described the pacer as the most ‘naturally gifted’ bowler he has even seen but Woakes feels that including him in the World Cup squad could have wider ramifications.
“It probably wouldn’t be fair, morally, but at the same time it’s the nature of international sport,” Woakes told BBC Sport.
“If he was to come in and someone was to miss out, it would be extremely unfortunate. We’ve been a tight-knit group for the last two to three years, played some really strong cricket, won a lot of series.
“I wouldn’t want to see any of my mates and teammates miss out.”
England will announce a 17-man squad for upcoming ODI clashes against Ireland and Pakistan on Monday as well with Archer set to feature. While Woakes believes Archer’s call-up could be unfair on other squad members, the all-rounder does not feel it will disrupt England’s preparations in a big way.
“I don’t think it would disrupt the team, because everyone would find a way to move on and we’re trying to win a World Cup for England. That’s the bigger picture,” Woakes said.
Following his exclusion from India’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, Ambati Rayudu has posted a cryptic tweet which can be construed as the top-order batsman taking a dig at the selectors.
Rayudu was the frontrunner to take the No4 spot in India’s batting order just a few months back but the right-hander found no place in the World Cup squad announced on Monday with all-rounder Vijay Shankar being preferred instead.
While announcing India’s 15-man squad for the global showpiece, chief selector MSK Prasad had said that Shankar had been picked for his ‘three dimensional qualities’.
“Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at No4 to begin with. We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against [Rayudu], it’s that a few things went for [Shankar],” Prasad had stated.
Following his snub, Rayudu took to Twitter and wrote, “Just ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup.”
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋..— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) 16 April 2019
The tweet went viral immediately with several fans empathising with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman’s plight.
Rayudu has so far played 55 ODIs for India where he has scored 1,694 runs at an average of just over 47. Shankar, meanwhile, has been able to aggregate 165 runs with the bat from nine ODIs so far while picking up two wickets with the ball.
Rayudu was not the only surprise exclusion from India’s 15-man squad with young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant also losing out to veteran Dinesh Karthik.
The 25-year-old has so far played five Tests for Bangladesh where he has picked 11 wickets but is yet be capped at the ODI level. Jayed’s inclusion comes at the expense of pacer Taskin Ahmed who has been plighted with several injuries of later.
Taskin had missed Bangladesh’s recent tour of New Zealand with an ankle injury and the fast bowler has now seen his World Cup hopes dashed.
While Jayed is the surprise inclusion in the Bangladesh squad, there was also an ODI recall for batsman Mosaddek Hossain also making a return to the team for the first time since the Asia Cup in September, 2018.
While senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim have been plagued with injury issues of late, they have all been deemed fit enough for the World Cup which begins in England on May 30.
Along with the 15-man World Cup squad, the Bangladesh selectors also announced the team for the upcoming ODI tri-series in Ireland also involving West Indies.
Uncapped batsman Yasir Ali and off-spinner Nayeem Hasan are the two additions the squad for the tri-series in Ireland which begins in Dublin on May 5.
BANGLADESH 15-MAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed
BANGLADESH IRELAND TRI-SERIES SQUAD
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain), Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali