Selectors name 15-man squad for World Cup

ICC World Cup: Indian squad to be announced today

ICC World Cup: Indian squad to be announced today

The time has arrived for the selectors - Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda returned to the three-man committee comprising M.S.K. Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh after a Supreme Court order last August - to once again decide between Pant and Karthik.

India begin their bid for a third World Cup trophy against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.

Out of team which has been announced so far for the cricket world cup, only New Zealand has unveiled its 15-member squad which will be followed by India, today.

Former Test stumper Kiran More says Pant should be on the plane to England "If I am the selector, I will take Pant to the World Cup", More said. "Now, it's about giving guys their roles and expect them to stand up".

Pant, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik have all been auditioned in the slot and all have been found wanting.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are set to make it to the squad but the door is wide open for the fourth seamer.

Rayudu remained the choice for No 4 for long but his recent lack of form could rule him out. Another favourite for the No 4 spot is KL Rahul, who is back among runs, and could also end up as the middle-order choice. On the other hand, Karthik is a slightly better keeper against spinner which makes his case strong too. Both the wicket-keeper batsmen have been plagued with inconsistency and that could go against them. The ability of Pandya and Shankar to pitch in as medium-pace bowler could go against the pacers.