The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has delayed the naming of its preliminary squad for the 2011 World Cup after the International Cricket Council (ICC) allowed them until 5th January to do so.
"A meeting of selection committee was held today at PCB headquarters in which the squads for The ODI series in New Zealand and names of 30 probables for the upcoming ICC World Cup came under discussion," a PCB statement said.
Reigning champions Australia have named a 30-man preliminary squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, in which they will be pushing for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory.
The squad for the tournament will be trimmed to 15 players by 19th January and the tournament gets underway when Bangladesh meet India in Dhaka on 19th February.
South Africa have named four uncapped players in their 30-man provisional World Cup squad, while also handing recalls toa number of experienced players.
Batsman Jonathan Vandiar, all-rounder Francois du Plessis and Dean Elgar along with seamer Ethy Mbhalati are the uncapped players while there are recalls for Johannes van der Wath, Jacques Rudolph, Thami Tsolekile and Morne van Wyk.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that six members of its international panel of umpires will join its list of 12 Elite Panel members to officiate at the 2011 World Cup.
Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Amish Saheba, Shahvir Tarapore will join Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf, Asoka de Silva, SImon Taufel and Rod Tucker for the event, which is to be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.