M. S. K. Prasad: ‘New players’ to gain ODI experience for 2019 World Cup

The chairman of selectors spoke to reporters after offering prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala.

M. S. K. Prasad... “BCCI would plan an all-round strategy for the team after identifying the shortcomings.”   -  PTI

Chairman of selectors M. S. K. Prasad has said young players would be given chances to play for India in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup to enable them gain experience before the showpiece event. India is slated to play as many as 55 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between now and the World Cup.

Prasad was talking to reporters after offering worship at the famous Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala near here. “Such a move would make sure that the new players can acquire skills and gain experience by featuring in some 40 to 50 matches by the time the World Cup is held,” he said.

Former India captain M. S. Dhoni has also been a supporter of this idea.

Prasad rued India’s loss in the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan. The team did well in all the three areas - batting, bowling and fielding - he said. “It is unfortunate that the team lost the final. Overall, we did well. We must take positives from the tournament and look to correct the mistakes with an eye on the next World Cup,” he said.

“BCCI would plan an all-round strategy for the team after identifying the shortcomings,” Prasad said.

The former India wicketkeeper had arrived here with family members last evening and reached the Tirumala hills on foot by climbing the around 3,500 steps.

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