India are slated to play as many as 55 One-Day Internationals between now and the 2019 Cricket World Cup. MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, said that the younger players would be given chances to showcase their talent in the run-up to the tournament in England in 2019 so as to help them gain experience.
"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," Prasad explained.
He was talking to reporters after offering worship at the famous Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala.
Prasad's remarks assume significance as former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to harp on including players with experience of 40-50 matches for big tournaments like the World Cup.
He called the loss in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy to Pakistan 'unfortunate'. "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, adding the team did well in all the three areas - batting, bowling, and fielding.
"BCCI would plan an all-round strategy for the team after identifying the shortcomings," Prasad said.
(With PTI Inputs)