Speaking to reporters after a selection trial in which 43 local players took part, Lawson said, "The team will be announced by March. We will do a thorough research... a (selection) camp was held in Mumbai also."
The Australian did not mention any names that were likely to make it to the Kochi IPL team from the selection trials here but said he was "impressed with the local talent". "It looks like they've got what it takes."
On the question of who would captain the Kochi team, Lawson said Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayewardene was the likely candidate. During the IPL players' auction held this month, Kochi bought 17 players and later added six more uncapped India players to its squad. Each IPL team is permitted to have a maximum of 30 players in its squad. On Pakistani players being excluded from IPL 2011, Lawson, a former Pakistan coach, said, "It is a loss, they should have been part of IPL."
Assessing India's chances in the World Cup, he said, "If they can (afford to) leave out someone like Sreesanth, they should be a very good team. India is a strong team."
The former Australian speedster said South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and India are the teams that are likely to reach the semifinals of the World Cup, but warned "never rule out Australia." When asked about the name for the Kochi IPL team, which is yet to get an official name, he merely said, "experts are discussing."