All-rounder Irfan Pathan found out how much he had gone out of the equation after national selectors left him out of the 30-man preliminary World Cup probables list on Saturday.
The 26-year-old all-rounder, who was a member of the 2007 World Cup team in West Indies where India made a first round exit, has not featured in an ODI since February, 2009. He last played for India in the World Twenty20 in England in June last year.
The selectors otherwise held out no surprises in what is essentially an exercise to fulfill the International Cricket Council (ICC) norm.
The squad will be trimmed to its final 15 by mid January, which will however be a keenly anticipated affair. India have been installed as early favourites by many former
For chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth explained that Saturday's picks were routine.
"As you know there are no big surprises. This is a probables team and everyone selects himself. There is one more month to go to select the final team and we will sit down and think calmly before finalising the team," Srikkanth told reporters here after a meeting of the selection panel. "I am confident that the team will do well in the World Cup."