England, Pakistan announce 30 member provisional squad for 2015 World Cup

Alastair Cook and Misbah Ul Haq have been confirmed as the captains of their respective teams.

By: Agencies | Published:December 6, 2014 8:33 pm
collage-pak-eng-L The two teams will later announce their 15 member final squad that will make the trip to New Zealand and Australia. (Source: IE File)

England named a provisional 30-man squad on Saturday for next year’s one-day World Cup with Alastair Cook as captain.

Cook is under pressure following a poor run of results and is suspended from Sunday’s game against Sri Lanka due to the team’s slow over-rate in the last game.

Fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were included in the squad after missing the current seven-match series in Sri Lanka due to injury. Alastair Cook captain as England name provisional World Cup squad

A 15-man squad for the Tri-Series against Australia and India and the World Cup is due to be announced after the Sri Lanka series which England trail 2-1 with four matches to play.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jack Brooks, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

PAKISTAN’S 30 PROBABLES

Pakistan named suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal in its preliminary squad of 30 players for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Ajmal was suspended in September for an illegal bowling action and has been undergoing rehabilitation under former test offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq at the National Cricket Academy.

The Pakistan Cricket Board Ajmal showed significant improvement on his bowling action during testing at the Lougborough University in England, but his elbow extension is still above the allowed 15 degrees limit.

Fit-again fast bowler Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz were also included in the list of probables which will be trimmed down to a final 15 by Jan. 7.

“The most positive aspect is that some of our foremost proven talents have overcome physical issues and are raring to be given an opportunity,” chief selector Moina Khan said in a statement.

Pakistan will be playing a five-match one-day international series against New Zealand starting in Dubai on Monday, and will also take on the Black Caps in another short one-day series before February’s World Cup.

The preliminary squad includes five opening batsmen, nine middle-order batsmen, six fast bowlers, four spinners, four allrounders and two wicketkeepers.

The PCB has already named Misbah-ul-Haq as captain of the team for the World Cup.

Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Yasir Shah, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmad, Kamran Akmal.

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