Pakistan Delay Naming World Cup Squad Again
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has delayed naming its squad of 30 probables for the 2011 World Cup Cup and a squad of players to play in six One-Day Internationals in New Zealand.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set teams a deadline of 5th January to produce a list of 30 players before the final deadline for 15-man squads is set for 19th January - one month before the tournament gets underway.
Pakistan meet New Zealand for the first of six ODIs in Wellington on 22nd January and this is the second time that the PCB has decided to wait before revealing its squad.
"The Selection Committee deliberated upon the names for 30 probables for the upcoming ICC World Cup as well as the ODI Squad for the New Zealand Series," a PCB statement explained.
"The announcement of both the squads has been deferred till early next week. It is pertinent to mention here that PCB has to submit the names of 30 players to ICC for the World Cup by January 5, 2011."
Chief Selector Mohsin Khan added: "We had lengthy discussions on performance and availability of many players. We were of the opinion that since we still have a few days before the deadline for announcing the World Cup Squad it would be better to wait until there is absolute clarity from PCB on the availability for selection of certain players."
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