England have confirmed Alastair Cook as captain in their preliminary squad of 30 players for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Cook is joined in the squad named Saturday by all those chosen for the current tour of Sri Lanka and frontline pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson, currently recovering from their knee injuries in South Africa. Former linchpin batsman Jonathan Trott is one notable omission from the extended party for the tournament, which starts February 14.
Preliminary squad: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Balance, 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.
Ajmal among probables
Karachi: Pakistan selectors have included suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in a preliminary squad of 30 players for next year’s World Cup. Ajmal was suspended from bowling by the ICC in September after failing a biomechanics test in Brisbane. A board official said Ajmal had been named in the preliminary squad as he was in the process of correcting his action and would soon appear for an ICC biomechanics test.
Preliminary squad: Mohd Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohd Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Ehsan Adil, Mohd Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Yasir Shah, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmad, Kamran Akmal. (Reuters/AP)