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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Preparations on for the Twenty20 Cup

The first ever Twenty20 World Cup is fast approaching. Not knowing what to expect at an international level from this radically new format of the game, I guess the players should be as excited as us fans.

Especially in the Asian countries where Twenty20 has not really caught on as it has elsewhere, the selectors are having a tough time stitching together a team that they feel would be optimal for the shortened version. Former players and cricket columnists are freely voicing their disappointment with the selections. Kamran Abbasi wonders here why Mohammad Yousuf and Abdur Razzaq have been left out of Pakistan's Twenty20 squad.

Pakistan's squad for the Twenty20 World Cup: Shoaib Malik(capt), Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Yasir Arafat, Abdul Rehman.

As far as the Indian team is concerned, though drenched and dripping in unwanted media-cooked controversy, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly could not have made a better decision than opting out of the Twenty20 World Cup. Twenty20 is obviously as much about aggression and some unorthodox badgering as about 'getting the basics right'. While Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar seem to have mellowed down with time, Rahul Dravid has never been of the explosive variety. And as such it would only be wise to have some exciting young blood in the Twenty20 squad. However, given the way the Indian selectors have always backed players by reputation than playing form, I doubt if they would have left out the trio had they not pulled out voluntarily.

Anyway, with the big three gone, Dhoni, not very unexpectedly, is the captain of the Twenty20 squad. Dilip Vengsarkar, the Chairman of selectors, thinks Dhoni is good 'captaincy material'. Captaincy material or not, it is going to be a tough job for him.

The Indian squad for the Twenty20 World Cup: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Yuvraj Singh (VC), Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Joginder Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, S. Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Rohit Sharma.

Sri Lanka meanwhile have their team ready too.

The Lankan squad for the Twenty20 World Cup:
Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Hasantha Fernando, Gayan Wijekoon, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Jehan Mubarak.

That is a very strong and well balanced looking team. Runners up at the ICC World-Cup, the Lankans seem to be worthy contenders for the Twenty20 cup too.

I hope Australia don't run away with it this time.


Anonymous said...

stop being a sadist moron.......india is gonna win the cup u wait and warch

Anonymous said...

dont be a sadist.moron.....india is gonna win the cup wait and watch......

Ananth said...

anon: sadist?!