ISLAMABAD - The Indian cricket board has decided to send four extra players (Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini) for the World Cup. Few other teams including Sri Lanka too will have reserve players. However, these extra players will not be able to share dressing room during the matches.
Not only that, the expenses of the extra players will be born by the respective Board Member. Explaining exclusively the ICC policy on this, Claire Furlong, the ICC’s General Manager – Strategic Communications, says, Every competing nation can have a squad of 23.
That 23 has to have 15 named players (no more) The remainder will be made up of team management / doctors / physios / media officer A team can use one or more of the remaining 8 squad places for a player who is not part of the 15 (so a travelling reserve if you like) If they take this route within the 23, the non-named player can be part of all activity as per a squad member and is paid for by the ICC .
If they chose to bring ‘extra’ players outside of the 23 that is fine, but they are not paid for or accredited as the squad, it is at the Member’s own discretion If this is the case the ICC can facilitate access to training etc. but that player (outside of the 23) will have no access to dressing rooms / team transport etc. for which you need squad accreditation That 15 can change without permission up until 22 May Any changes to the 15 after 23 May has to have the approval of the Event Technical Committee (not yet named, will be named closer to the event)”.
The above policy also answers Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, who had preferred a 16-member squad for the World Cup.