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ICC World Cup 2019: Team-wise one player who might not play a single game

08 Jun 2019 CricTracker

Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

So many times in the past we have seen cricketers coming into the World Cup with so many aspirations, but ended up getting no games. It is not an easy thing to digest, as they dream of making it to the 15-man squad their whole life and although the team’s benefit matters the most, it is important for the management to make every cricketer’s responsibility clear.

Axar Patel and Ambati Rayudu spent the whole World Cup last time on the sidelines for India, who reached the semifinals but lost to Australia in a one-sided encounter. There were many such instances in the past as well where a player was roped into the squad with high aspirations but found no place in the XI.

Here are some names from the current squads, who showed a lot of promise in their recent assignments which led to them travelling to England, but might find no place in XI throughout the tournament.

1. Afghanistan – Ikram Ali khil

Ikram Ali Khil. (Photo Source: ICC)

With Mohammad Shahzad officially out of the tournament, Afghanistan will be making Rahmat Shah keep the wickets with Najibullah Zadran taking the opening slot alongside Hazratullah Zazai. This means no good news for the 18-year-old Ikram Ali khil, who might have to sit out and wait for an opportunity hopelessly.

They didn’t get off to a good start and lost their opening two games. Their next assignment is against a stringent New Zealand squad who will not make things very easy for them. He showed great promise in the Afghanistan Premier League but will have to wait for his opportunity on the sidelines for some more time.

2. Australia – Kane Richardson

Kane Richardson of Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Kane Richardson is a fine talent but his selection was completely unnecessary. Despite having plenty of options, the selectors preferred to with an extra seamer, which makes it five seamers in the 15-man squad and seven fast bowlers totally. They have just one backup batsman in Shaun Marsh, whose form has been concerning.

They could’ve gone for another batsman in Peter Handscomb or another batting all-rounder, but Richardson got the final nod. He might not get a game considering there is Jason Beherendorff already on the bench and he is the first choice backup if one of the seamers is not available.

3. Bangladesh – Abu Jayed

Abu Jayed. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 25-year-old fast bowler wouldn’t have made it to the squad if Taskin Ahmed was fit for selection, but Abu Jayed somehow caught a flight to England and is with the squad right now. Mashrafe Mortaza is not very keen on experimenting with the lineup and looks like he found a settled lineup.

He’s playing just two seamers including himself and Mustafizur Rahman, with all-rounder Saifuddin as the third seamer. He relies heavily on his professional and part-time spinners. Rubel Hossain is the first choice back up in the XI and considering a fact that he too might not get a game, it is almost impossible for Abu Jayed to get in.

4. England – Liam Dawson

Liam Dawson. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Liam Dawson was roped in the final moments as a back-up spinner for Adil Rashid. The left-arm spinner’s chances of making it to the XI are very grim considering a fact that Rashid is an irreplaceable figure and given he’s not in the XI, they would want to go with another fast bowler rather than going with the finger spinner.

Going by home some of the games panned out, where the fast bowlers managed to get some good bounce off the track, Morgan would prefer going with four proper seamers, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes as the extra options. He might be watching the whole tournament from the sidelines.

5. India – Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

It is difficult to say if Dinesh Karthik will get a game or not, but among the existing crop, he is most likely to end up not getting a game. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman was roped in considering a fact that MS Dhoni was not fully fit for the tournament. He didn’t have the most memorable IPL this time but is a very handy player in the middle order.

Now that MS Dhoni and even Kedar Jadhav are fit, it is impossible for Karthik to find a place. If Jadhav gets injured or is unavailable for a game, Vijay Shankar might get a nod ahead of Karthik. Although the doors seem closed for him, he could still come in for a game or two if India confirms its qualification early.

6. New Zealand – Tom Blundell

Tom Blundell. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tom Blundell hasn’t made his ODI debut yet but managed to earn a cut into the 15-man squad, which in itself is a great accomplishment. The youngster scored a fabulous hundred in the second warm-up game against West Indies and proved his worth. There were so many questions raised over his inclusion, but Blundell has worked his way through brilliantly thus far.

New Zealand already has Tom Latham in the team as their main keeper and it is very hard for him to get dropped. Latham adds great quality in the middle order and although Blundell has shown promise, Kane Williamson will not be considering a swap in this scenario.

7. Pakistan – Mohammad Hasnain

Mohammad Hasnain. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Mohammad Hasnain impressed many with his pace in the series against England leading up to the World Cup. There were some jaws dropped when he was picked, but the new teenage sensation from Hyderabad (Pakistan) will be making a great name for himself in the future. Having said that, he might not get a lot of games this World Cup.

They already have Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir in the XI and Shaheen Afridi has been restricted to the bench after playing their first game. This is a clear indication that he is not the first choice back up and second choice backups usually don’t get into the XI unless the game is a dead-rubber or there are some serious injury concerns.

8. South Africa – Beuran Hendricks

Beuran Hendricks. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Beuran Hendricks was roped into the 15-man squad as a replacement for the legendary Dale Steyn, who was ruled out due to the shoulder injury. He has reached England and is with the squad training in the nets, but he will find it difficult to get into the side ahead of Dwaine Pretorius or Lungi Ngidi, which could see him on the bench till the end.

South Africa is not off to a promising start, losing all their first three games. This could turn out to be their worst campaign as things don’t appear very good, with three defeats in three games. They do have enough good bowlers in the side who will keep Hendricks out of the XI but a lot will depend on how quickly Lungi Ngidi will be recovering.

9. Sri Lanka – Avishka Fernando

Avishka Fernando stretchered off in a World Cup warm-up match. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Young Avishka Fernando showed great technique and character in Scotland and also in the warmup games, but with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera getting among the runs, it will be difficult for the Lankan management to fit him in. Even if they do, he will have to bat out of his favorite position, which is the opening slot.

Sri Lanka won their first game of the tournament against Afghanistan but still there are some major concerns with their batting and bowling lineups. Kusal Perera can bat in the middle order to accommodate Fernando in the XI, but that wouldn’t be a plausible move to get them going. The youngster might not be in the XI as frequently as he would love.

10. Windies – Fabian Allen

Fabian Allen. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Considering a fact that this side doesn’t rely much on their spin bowlers to do the damage, it is very difficult for Fabian Allen to enter the side. The young all-rounder will have a difficult time dealing with the disappointment of not getting into the XI, but all of this is part and parcel of the game. Ashley Nurse currently is the first choice spinner for the team.

The Windies side just about found their mojo and despite losing to Australia, their chances of making it to the final four seem very good. They have to keep the environment good in the team if they want this dream to come true and although Allen might be one of the few players to not get a game, he will still be contributing to the team one way or the other.

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