National selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Friday said that 18 cricketers have been shortlisted for the upcoming ODI World Cup and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is in talks with their respective Indian Premier League franchises to manage their workload ahead of the mega-event in England.
There have been discussions that India’s World Cup probables’ workload management should be monitored during the IPL, starting March 23, so that they remain fresh during the May 30-July 14 extravaganza.
“We have shortlisted 18 players and we will rotate them during the World Cup. As far as workload management is concerned, it is yet to be worked out. There are discussions happening on that front and we will let you know,” Prasad told reporters after selecting various squads for the home limited-overs series against Australia, which starts on February 24.
Whether the franchises will agree to rest the top India players on their roster has been a subject of debate.
When acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was asked this question, he admitted that the franchises have diverse views on the matter.
“If your question suggests that the franchises will be wary of resting players, it is an issue we will deal with, considering it’s a World Cup year. There have been views from franchises and I am not going into specifics,” he said.
He also urged the franchises to keep the national interest in mind.
“And also considering the fact that all the franchises are Indian franchises, the interest of the country, of doing well at the highest international level, is paramount,” Choudhary said.