Davison Named In Canada's 30-Man World Cup Squad
Canada have named their 30-man preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup, which gets underway on 19th February when Bangladesh meet India in Dhaka.
Canada will be playing in their third consecutive World Cup after they qualified but failed to progress past the group stages in 2003 and 2007.
John Davison, part of Canada's squad in the 2003 and 2007 events, is named in the squad although New Zealand-based batsman Ian Billcliff misses out.
"We are confident that we have found the right mix of youth and experience to represent Canada at the World Cup and build a solid foundation for the future of Canadian Cricket," selector Chris James said.
"We look forward to showcasing the talent of these chosen players and anticipate a significant improvement from our last appearance at the World Cup (2007 in the West Indies)."
Speaking about Davison, he added: "John is a trump card for us in the squad. What he has done in previous World Cup's speaks for itself. Add to that his recent exposure to high performance programs and development with Cricket Australia, we believe he still has a lot to offer."
The squad will be trimmed to 15 names in January and Canada are grouped with Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and they begin their campaign against Canada on 20th February in Hambantota.
Canada preliminary World Cup squad: Waleed Ahmed, Manny Aulakh, Akshay Bagai, Ashish Bagai, Harvir Baidwan, Trevin Bastiampillai, Umar Bhatti, Grant Broadhurst, Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan, John Davison, Parth Desai, Jeremy Gordon, Tyson Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Amabhir Hansra, Sandeep Jyoti, Nitish Kumar, Usman Limbada, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Cecil Pervez, Balaji Rao, Manrick Singh, Junaid Siddiqui, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Zubin Surkari, Hamza Tariq, Karl Whatham, Zameer Zaheer
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