New Delhi: National selectors will on Thursday pick up a strong preliminary list of 30 Indian probables for the upcoming ICC World Cup, set to take place from February next year.
Sandeep Patil-led five-member panel will select the players considering several factors in mind, especially the conditions and pitches of Australia and New Zealand, where the most coveted ICC event is scheduled to take place.
It certainly means that tomorrow will be a D-day for most of the ageing Indian cricketers, who have been struggling to make a cut into the Indian national side for quite some time now, in any format of the game.
Ironically, it also includes many seniors players who were part of the victorious 2011 World Cup campaign.
From Delhi duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, to Punjab's Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, to seamers like Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan, all would be bundle of nerves as the selectors' call tomorrow might end their illustrious cricketing careers.
When it comes to age, they fall on the wrong side of 30s and are certainly well past their prime. However, all these senior pros have not only performed exceptionally well in the last World Cup, but in their respective careers as well.
In fact, of late, most of them have been quite vocal and hopeful of their selection in the World Cup squad. Chances are high they all might even break into the list of 30-probables. However, if they make into the final squad of 16 members, they should consider themselves extremely lucky.
One thing which is quite inevitable is if they are rejected from the probables list on Thursday, their international career would be all but over.