Just when one third of the Indian Premier League is completed, Kris Srikkanth and co decided the final 15 players for the twenty twenty world Cup which will take place in West Indies starting April 29th.
It was a tough job to pick the 15 as there are many good players in the 30 man probables.
Young Pacer Ishant Sharma who was part of last year World Cup has been dropped giving a chance to Vinay Kumar.
But, some good performers till now in the IPL- Robin Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary, Murali Karthik, Amit Mishra, Virat Kohli have not been considered.
The team is placed in group C along with the South Africans and Afghanisthan. Key players will be Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan who were missed in World Cup 2008.
MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Piyush Chawla, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Vinay Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan.
The country with all the problems, terrorism and the US troops in their own backyard- Afghanistan has now been qualified for the T20 World Cup which is to be held in the Caribbean Islands later this year.
The Afghanis,managed to win the T20 qualifiers beating the Irish Team. Their journey started to cricket when they were rated in the Fifth group in 2001.
They beat the US team by 29 runs putting on their faces a shame. Next, in the Semi-finals they beat the hosts United Arab Emirates in Dubai in a crowd of odd 1000.
The Afghanis met the Ireland in the finals today and fortunately for them they won it for the first time. Under a crowd of 6000, most of them local supporters of Afghan team under Kabhir Khan proved they were strong enough to beat an European team.
What next, Afghanistan will head to the West Indies for the T20 World where they meet India in St.Lucia and South Africa in Barbados as the tournament starts from April 30th.