The surprise inclusions in the team include all-rounder Vijay Shankar and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.
Story 1- ICC World Cup 2019: Indian squad announced
Indian selectors on April 15, 2019 announced the Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is scheduled to begin in England and Wales from May 30, 2019. The announcement was made by the BCCI Acting Honorary Secretary Amitabh Choudhary in Mumbai, in the presence of the Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
• The15-man squad would be led by Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma as his deputy. The surprise inclusions in the team include all-rounder Vijay Shankar and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who has returned to India's World Cup squad after 12 years.
• On the other hand, middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant were left out from the squad.
• As per the Chairman of Selectors, Dinesh Karthik found a place in the squad as the second wicketkeeper ahead of Pant due to his better wicketkeeping skills.
• Besides this, KL Rahul has been included in the team as a backup opener to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
• Ravindra Jadeja took up the third spinner's slot, alongside wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
• The seamers in the side include Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The selectors did not name a fourth seamer keeping in mind the two all-rounders including Hardik Pandya.
• A few other bowlers will also travel along with the team as net bowlers, but they will be named later.
There had been a lot of talk regarding the potential number four for India. The issue is one that the team has been trying to resolve for quite a while now.
With Vijay Shankar’s inclusion, he is expected to bat in the position, as revealed by the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.
While Karthik will be the reserve keeper, KL Rahul will be the backup opener.
The Indian cricket team has been a two-time World Champion. The team lifted the prestigious cup for the first-ever time in 1983 and the second time in 2011 on home soil when they triumphed over Sri Lanka.
The team was also runners-up at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and semifinalists thrice, in 1987, 1996 and 2015.
Besides this, the team has been knocked out 4 times in the group stage, in 1975, 1979, 1992 and 2007.
India's historical win-loss record at the cricket world cup is 46-27, with 1 match being tied and another one being abandoned due to rain.
Team India would begin its campaign for its third World Cup title on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.
The squad is scheduled to play two warm-up matches prior to that, against New Zealand at the Oval on May 25 and against Bangladesh at Cardiff on May 28.
Story 2- EC bars Maneka, Azam Khan from campaigning hours after barring Mayawati, Yogi
The Election Commission on April 15, 2019 banned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP leader Mayawati, SP leader Azam Khan and Union minister Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for a set time period due to their hateful comments.
The ban, which will be applicable across the nation, came into force on April 16, 2019. While Adityanath and Azam Khan have been barred for 72 hours, Mayawati and Gandhi face a 48-hour ban.
This is the first time an all-India ban has been imposed on politicians to campaign in elections and it is also for the first time that such a restriction has been placed against a sitting chief minister.
• The ban was enforced over Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi, after they were found guilty of violating the model code of conduct.
• On the other hand, Khan, who had faced a state-specific ban during 2014 polls, not only violated the MCC but also disregarded its directive asking politicians to desist from deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women.
• In its order on Adityanath, the Commission said it strongly condemns the impugned statement made by the UP chief minister and censured him for misconduct.
• The Election Commission order to bar these leaders came within hours of the Supreme Court taking note of the communal remarks made by Adityanath and Mayawati and asking the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them.
Mayawati was issued the notice for her speech in Deoband, where she appealed to Muslims to not vote for the Congress.
Adityanath was served the notice for the "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks he made while addressing a rally in Meerut. He compared the Lok Sabha elections to a contest between 'Ali', a revered figure in Islam, and Bajrang Bali, another name for the Hindu god Hanuman.
Maneka Gandhi also invited the ban from the EC after she told Muslims to vote for her as they will need her once the Lok Sabha elections are over.
Khan was pulled up for his foul language, targeting the dignity of women, as he while rallying against BJP’s Jaya Prada had stated in one of the rallies that "...the underwear beneath is of khakhi colour".
The Election Commission had examined the issues of Adityanath and Mayawati on April 14-15 and come up with the final decision on April 15 after lots of deliberation as it felt a clear message should go out to the politicians.
Using its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution, the EC barred them from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (print, electronic and social media) in connection with the ongoing elections for 72 and 48 hours from 6.00 am on April 16.
It is for the second time that the Uttar Pradesh CM has been issued a show cause notice by the EC. On April 5, he was asked to be careful in the future.