Cricket World Cup 2019: Teams, Squads & Groups
LONDON: The biggest cricket extravaganza’s – ICC Cricket World Cup is all set to begin in England. The 11th edition is back in England after a gap of 2 decades. The present world champions, Australia are set to defend their title with the hosts England being a major favourite.
Allsportspk as always for the convenience of its diversified reader base provides the basic information about this major event.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Team Selection
The ICC – International Cricket Council announced that there will be 10 teams participating. The 8 top-ranked teams in the ICC rankings were automatically qualified. These teams are: Australia,Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
The rest 2 teams were qualified through the Qualifier round. In which the two-time World Champions, West Indies also had to compete. In a tightly-competed Qualifier round held at Zimbabwe last March, the West Indian and Afghanistan qualified and had their names included in the 10-team list.
The final list of the participating teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 is:
- Australia – Defending Champions
- England – Hosts
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
- West Indies
The global governing body for cricket, ICC, had asked all the contesting teams to announce their 15-man squads by April 23. The squads can be changed at each team’s discretion up until May 23, after aforementioned date a special approval will be needed from the ICC to make any adjustment.
According to the ICC regulations, by 30th April all teams have to submit the names of the final 15-player of the World Cup squads. By 22nd May changes can be made without requiring the approval of ICC. However, after 23rd May, all changes in the squad will have to be approved by the ICC – Event Technical Committee.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Format & Groups
The ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 format is based on round-robin format same as the 1992 edition where all the 10 teams will compete against each other.
There will be no Quarter-finals this time as was the case in the last two – 9th and 10th editions. Thereby like in 1992 edition, after playing the round-robin format, the top 4 teams will directly qualify for the Semi-finals.
In short, during 11th edition the world will get to see 45 league matches, followed by two semi-finals and obviously- the final.
ICC World Cup 2019 – Team-wise Squads
Gulbadin Naib (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Aaron Finch (Captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami.
Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez (Final inclusion subject to fitness), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain.
Faf du Plessis (Captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal.
Jason Holder (Captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell.
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