England name 15-man preliminary World Cup squad, Archer called up for Pakistan ODIs

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Jofra Archer has gained his maiden England call up.

Jofra Archer was handed his maiden ODI call up as England named their 15-man preliminary squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup as well as a 17-man squad for the limited-overs clashes against Pakistan and Ireland.

While Archer was not included in the 15-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, the Barbados-born pacer has been named in the squads for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan as well as the T20 clashes against the same opponents along with a one-off ODI against Ireland.

Archer still remains in contention to make England’s final World Cup squad which will be announced after the five-match ODI series against Pakistan culminates on May 19.

The 24-year-old fast-bowler was widely expected to be handed his maiden England call-up after the residency rules were relaxed recently in his favour by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“In line with ICC regulations, we have to name a preliminary squad of 15 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup before April 23,” England National Selector Ed Smith stated.

“However, all 17 players named in the Royal London ODIs against Pakistan can stake a claim to be in the final 15-man squad, finalised at the end of that series.

“The selection panel has been impressed with Jofra Archer’s performances in domestic and franchise cricket. He is a very talented and exciting cricketer.”

While England’s 15-man World Cup preliminary squad is the same as the one that recently took on West Indies in an ODI series. Archer and his Sussex team-mate Chris Jordan are the two additions for the clashes against Pakistan.

ENGLAND PRELIMINARY WORLD CUP SQUAD

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

ENGLAND 17-MAN SQUAD FOR PAKISTAN ODIs

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

ENGLAND 14-MAN SQUAD FOR IRELAND ODI AND PAKISTAN T20

Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood

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England's Chris Woakes feels Jofra Archer's World Cup call up will be 'morally unfair'

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Archer was sensational against CSK. Image - BCCI/SPORTZPICS.

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.

Chris Woakes and Nasser Hussain with the 2019 World Cup.

Chris Woakes and Nasser Hussain with the 2019 World Cup.

“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.

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Rayudu takes dig at selectors in cryptic tweet following his snub from India's World Cup squad

Sudhir Gupta 17/04/2019
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Rayudu's World Cup hopes were dashed on Monday.

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.”

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.

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