The Missing XI of the ICC World Cup 2019

With the World Cup right around the corner, all teams have officially announced their final 15-players squads. Most of these players are the ones predicted by analysts and sports commentators but some teams contain some new faces as well. Although the squads are almost the same as expected, there are some huge names that will be missing out this year’s epic tournament. The omission of these players comes as a shock to all because they were predicted to be a part of their respected squads no matter what. These players not being a part of the World Cup states that no team can tolerate mistakes now.

Big Names on the Benches:

Who could’ve thought that some huge names would miss out such a crucial event? Yet here we are, so close to the event with no chance in sight of these players making their way into the main event. They’ve been sidelined due to multiple reasons including bad performances and injury issues. A list of these players is given below:

  1. Niroshan Dickwella
  2. Rishabh Pant
  3. Ambati Rayudu
  4. Peter Handscomb
  5. Dinesh Chandimal
  6. Kieron Pollard
  7. Chris Morris
  8. Jofra Archer
  9. Mohammad Amir
  10. Sunil Narine
  11. Josh Hazlewood

We’ve got some heavyweights on this list who were considered to be integral parts of their respective squads. These players have been dropped and replaced with fresh faces who’ll be making their debuts in ODI cricket at the World Cup. There are multiple reasons underlying these replacements. Dickwella had been a regular opener for Sri Lanka since Champions Trophy 2017 and was expected to resume this role in the tournament but was dropped because he couldn’t score a huge total for quite some time now. Pant was expected to be the wicket-keeper for India but was replaced by Dinesh Karthik. Chandimal led Sri Lanka till October but was subsequently dropped and now the team will be led by Dimuth Karunaratne. Handscomb and Hazlewood were probably dropped to make room for Smith and Warner in the Australian Side. Chris Morris and Mohammad Amir were replaced by fresh pace bowlers in the respective teams because of their terrible ODI performances. Narine and Pollard have not been actively part of West Indian squad for a while now so there were some indications that they would not be a part of the World Cup squad.

Bottom Line:

The heart of the matter is that these players were not performing consistently so they were dropped from their respective sides which means that each nation is committed to sending only the best players to represent them. These players might get a second chance if any player from their team is injured but chances of that happening are slim.

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