ICC World T20 Squads Confirmed
The tournament, which kicks off in Mipur on 16th February, sees hosts Bangladesh facing Afghanistan in the opening match, Chittagong and Sylhet being the other two venues. Mipur is the venue for both the final on 6th April as well as the clash between former champions India and Pakistan on the 21st March in the first match of the Super 10 stage of the tournament.
Zimbabwe were the only team that failed to submit their squads to the ICC before the cut-off date of 16th February, requesting an extension to the deadline which has been accepted by the ICC. The deadline for the 14-member women's squad is 23rd February with the tournament starting in Sylhet on the 23rd March. The ICC Women's World Twenty20 will see the 10 teams compete for their place in the semi-finals and final which will also be held on 6th April at Mipur.
The confirmed squads sees the defending champions West Indies retaining 12 of the players from their 2012 winning side defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs in Colombo to claim the trophy. The omission of the experienced Darren Bravo, Fidel Edwards and Kieron Pollard due to injury has given an opportunity to newcomers Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher and Krishmar Santokie to help their side retain the title.
India, previous holders of the trophy, have retained six of their players from the 2012 tournament, including three of the players that famously defeated Pakistan by five runs in Johannesburg in 2007. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh from the 2007 squad are joined by their 2012 team-mates Virat Kholi, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin in their attempt to reclaim the title and trophy.
Previous champions, Pakistan who lifted the trophy at Lord's in 2009 have retained seven players from that squad including Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul. Whilst 2010 champions, England, who lost their title to West Indies during the last tournament, have retained seven of the players who featured in the side that defeated Australia by seven wickets in Barbados. Captain Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, James Tredwell and Luke Wright.
Australia, who missed out in the 2010 final to England, will be looking to build on recent success to become the third country, after India and West Indies to win all three ICC majors. The side, led by George Bailey, has retained eight players from the 2012 squad: Bailey, Daniel Christian, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson and Cameron White whilst Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Warner, Watson and White have all been retained from the 2010 final in Barbados.
The host of the tournament, Bangladesh, have some of the most experienced players of the tournament featuring in their squad, including six players who played in the first event in South Africa seven years ago. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal have all been retained and will be looking to use home advantage to claim the title and the trophy.
Ireland, who won the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in 2013 in Abu Dhabi, have retained 13 players from that side; who defeated Afghanistan by 68 runs at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. The two players who have been omitted from the squad are John Mooney and the retired Trent Johnston who have been replaced by Andrew Poynter and Craig Young.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Taraki, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal
England: Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
Hong Kong: Jamie Atkinson (captain), Aizaz Khan, Mark Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Babar Hayat, Irfan Ahmed, Roy Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
Nepal: Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Talha, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
South Africa: Francois du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardena, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
United Arab Emirates: Khurram Khan (captain), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Asadullah Shareef, Faizan Asif, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge, Moaaz Qazi, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patil, Rohit Singh, Shadeep Silva, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
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