Top Performers Staking Claims Ahead Of Johnnie Walker ICC Super Series Selections, Says Sunil Gavaskar
Mr Gavaskar, who is chairman of the selection panel, said: “Although the selectors will look at players’ records over the past year, there’s no doubt that eye-catching and match–winning performances are bound to attract our attention before we meet as a panel for the first time.”
“It’s important that all players outside Australia realise they are in contention for places in the ICC World XI Test and One Day squads that will be selected for these prestigious games. That applies equally to established stars and promising young talent. Proven players like Dravid, Kumble, Sehwag, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan were outstanding in the recent Indo Pak Test series. And so were emerging players like Danish Kaneria, Shahid Afridi, and Lakshimipathy Balaji,” said Mr Gavaskar.
“One of the factors we’ll be looking at is how players have performed against Australia. So obviously individuals who caught the eye in the recent series between New Zealand and Australia like Hamish Marshall with his first Test century, Daniel Vettori, who bowled and batted well against them, and Nathan Astle with runs in the top order, will be pushing to stake a claim,” he added.
The six-man selection panel of former greats headed by the ex-India captain includes Mike Atherton, Richard Hadlee, Clive Lloyd, Jonty Rhodes and Aravinda de Silva and is due to meet later this month to select the initial squads of 30 players for the three One Day Internationals and the six-day Test against world champion Australia.
“It’s going to be a tremendous challenge as well as a real privilege to pick from the best players outside Australia in selecting the 30 players who we believe will be best equipped to take on this ultimate cricketing test in both forms of the game,” said Sunil Gavaskar.
Combined prize money and match payments for the three match one-day series in Melbourne will be US$ 1.254 million, while the total money available for the six-day Super Test in Sydney will be US$ 1.390 million. A decision reached by the ICC Executive Board at its recent meeting in New Delhi means the matches will be accorded official Test and ODI status.
International cricket that will be reviewed by the selectors in the lead up to their first meeting will include the Indo Pak ODI series, the West Indies v South Africa Test series in the Caribbean and New Zealand at home to Sri Lanka.
The challenge awaiting the selected ICC World XI teams is to succeed where national sides have mostly failed. Australia has not lost a home Test series since 1993 and is undefeated in a One Day International series since 2002.
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