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Young players will get a chance in run-up to 2019 World Cup, says chief selector MSK Prasad

India are now slated to play as many as 55 one-day internationals between now and 2019 ICC World Cup.
PTI Tirupati June 30, 2017 20:57 IST

Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad on Friday said young players would be given chances to play for the country in the run-up to the 2019 ICC World Cup to be held in England to enable them to gain experience before the showpiece event. India was slated to play as many as 55 one-day internationals between now and the World Cup and some new players would be given chances so as to enable them to gain experience, he said.

He was talking to reporters after offering worship at the famous Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala near.

"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.

His remarks assume significance as former India captain MS Dhoni used to harp on including players with experience of 40-50 matches for big tournaments like the World Cup.

About the loss in the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan, he said it was unfortunate after the team had played well earlier.

The team did well in all the three areas - batting, bowling and fielding, he added.

"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.

We need serious young talent in the Indian team and please create opportunities for them to showcase their skills at the international level rather going on n on with same old n experienced playing XI.

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

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