Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan said that the BCCI and selectors must focus on more than 20 players and rotate them ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup in October-November.
According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has identified a pool of 20 cricketers and will rotate them.
“World Cup is nine months away, and you can’t have 20 players and just rotate them and think that you are going to find those players above the rest,” he said.
Pathan further said that 33 players were targeted apart from the contracted cricketers.
“There were 33 players apart from the contracted ones that we have. It is a big pool of players, and 20 cannot be enough. If some of the players are injured, what will you do? Nine months is a long period, and you need a big pool, and this is where you are going to find them,” he added.
“Those 33 players can practice anytime. Some of the coaches have different players. Rajib Datta has 13 players and 13 spinners working with him. There are 13 batters with Apurva Desai, and other coaches can work anytime. They send the data to Rahul Dravid. This is the right way forward. India can’t become world beaters with 20 players.”