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Afghanistan | Australia | Bangladesh | Canada | England | India| Ireland | Namibia | Nepal | Netherlands | New Zealand | Oman | Pakistan | Papua New Guinea | Scotland | South Africa | Sri Lanka | Uganda | United States | West Indies

The ICC set a deadline of May 1 for all nations to name their 15-player squad for this year’s men’s T20 World Cup tournament, with New Zealand the first to do so. The next important date in the calendar was May 25 – nations could change their 15-player squad at leisure up until that date, after which any changes will require ICC Event Technical Committe approval (such as for a serious injury). 

Afghanistan

Squad: Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Nangyal Kharoti, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik. Reserves: Sediq Atal, Hazratullah Zazai, Saleem Safi

Rashid Khan will captain the side and lead the spin-heavy bowling brigade, with support from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Nangyal Kharoti and veteran Mohammad Nabi.

Ahmad, who Aussies will know from his BBL stint with the Melbourne Renegades, is one of several new faces in the squad from the 2022 T20 World Cup, along with Karim Janat, Mohammad Ishaq, 20-year-old rising star Kharoti and keeper-batter Mohammad Ishaq, who played at both the 2020 and 2022 U19 World Cups. 

Australia

Squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matt Short

Australia left Steve Smith out of a men’s World Cup squad for the first time since 2014, while Ashton Agar and Cameron Green are the big winners from the 15-man squad named for June’s T20 event, with the Western Australian pair picked despite both having been absent from international T20 cricket for nearly 18 months.

The outstanding IPL form of Jake Fraser-McGurk wasn’t enough to see him find a spot in the official 15, but he was named as a travelling reserve, along with Matt Short. The bulk of the Aussie squad heads to Trinidad where they’ll play a couple of warm-up matches, but players involved in IPL finals will meet the group in Barbados ahead of their tournament opener on June 6.

Bangladesh

Squad: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Tanvir Islam, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib. Travelling reserves: Afif Hossain, Hasan Mahmud

Bangladesh head into their Group D encounters against Sri Lanka, South Africa, Netherlands and Nepal in form after beating Zimbabwe 4-1. They’ll be boosted by the presence of star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who made a successful return to the T20 side with four wickets in the fourth match after an absence of almost a year.

Najmul Hossain Shanto, who was appointed Bangladesh captain in all three formats in February, will lead the side at the T20 World Cup, and they’re set to get a taste of the conditions they’ll face in the tournament when they play the United States in three T20Is in Dallas in late May.

Canada  

Squad: Saad Zafar (c), Aaron Johnson, Dilon Heyliger, Dilpreet Bajwa, Jeremy Gordon, Junaid Siddiqui, Kaleem Sana, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nicholas Kirton, Pargat Singh, Ravinderpal Singh, Rayyankhan Pathan, Shreyas Movva, Nikhil Dutta, Rishiv Joshi. Travelling reserve: Tajinder Singh. Reserves: Aaditya Varadharajan, Ammar Khalid, Jatinder Matharu, Parveen Kumar.

Canada’s left-handed allrounder captain Saad Zafar will carry plenty of the load for the North American side competing at their first ever T20 World Cup. Opener Aaron Johnson, who was pivotal in helping the nation secure qualification to the World Cup in the Americas Region tournament, was the top run-scorer in a five-match T20 series against the USA last month, which Canada lost 4-0. Left-arm seamer Kaleem Sana – a former Pakistan U19 player – leads their pace attack, but offspinning allrounder Harsh Thaker, who had been in good form with bat and ball recently, has been omitted from their final squad. 

England  

Squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

Jofra Archer is set to make his international comeback at this year’s men’s T20 World Cup after being included in England’s 15-player provisional squad for the tournament.

The 29-year-old pace ace hasn’t played at the top level since last year’s Indian Premier League where he was ruled out halfway through the tournament due to a recurrence of his troublesome right elbow stress fracture.

Chris Jordan has also earned a recall almost eight months after his last T20 international following an impressive KFC BBL|13 campaign as a late-order finisher and death bowler for Hobart Hurricanes.

Captain Jos Buttler, Will Jacks and Jonny Bairstow – who have all hit centuries in the ongoing IPL season – will feature in a power-packed top order alongside Phil Salt who has also scored four half-centuries striking at 180 for Kolkata Knight Riders.

India

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan

India have included wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant in their 15-player squad for the men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States in June.

Pant was involved in a near-fatal crash in December 2022 that required him to have multiple surgeries and he missed last year’s Indian Premier League as well as India’s 50-over World Cup campaign on home soil.

The Delhi Capitals skipper was not the only player rewarded for his IPL form, with Chennai Super Kings batter Shivam Dube also mading the squad after scoring 350 runs in nine matches.

Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan were among the reserves, but there was no place for veteran KL Rahul.

Ireland  

Squad: Paul Stirling (c), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young

Ireland will take an experienced squad to this year’s World Cup with 12 players retained from 15 that represented the nation at the previous event in Australia in 2022.

Paul Stirling has since taken over as captain, replacing Andy Balbirnie last October. Ireland will tune up for the World Cup with a three-match T20 series against Pakistan in Dublin beginning May 10, followed by a tri-series against Netherlands and Scotland.

The three squads feature the same 14 players, with left-arm quick Josh Little (currently with Gujarat Titans in the IPL) added as the 15th squad member for the T20 World Cup. “The squad is one that we have gradually developed and tested out over the last 18 or so months,” head coach Heinrich Malan said. “The skill sets we need to cover are there, albeit we have allowed Josh (Little) to continue in the IPL until his side end their campaign.”

Namibia  

Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green, Michael Van Lingen, Dylan Leicher, Ruben Trumpelmann, Jack Brassell, Ben Shikongo, Tangeni Lungameni, Niko Davin, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, JP Kotze, David Wiese, Bernard Scholtz, Malan Kruger, PD Blignaut

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton pummelled the fastest international T20 century in February but will not feature at the World Cup after being left out of Namibia’s 16-man squad.

Gerhard Erasmus, captain of the African nation for their World Cup tilts in 2021 and 2022, will again lead a side featuring experienced campaigners like David Wiese, JJ Smit and Ruben Trumpelmann.

Loftie-Eaton, reportedly left out due to a disciplinary matter, scored a 33-ball hundred against Nepal but will not get the chance to repeat his power hitting on the biggest stage.

Pikky Ya France and Shawn Fouche have also missed out, though their leading wicket taker at this year’s U19 World Cup, Jack Brassell, has been included.

Namibia have until May 25 to cull one member from the squad.

Nepal  

Squad: Rohit Paudel (c), Aasif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Karan KC, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sundeep Jora, Abinash Bohara, Sagar Dhakal, Kamal Singh Airee

Nepal will be captained by 21-year-old Rohit Paudel who recently smashed a 47-ball century against a West Indies A attack featuring Matthew Forde, Oshane Thomas, Roston Chase and Gudakesh Motie, all who toured Australia in February with the Windies senior white-ball sides.

Nepal have had a huge run of T20 cricket leading into this year’s tournament with the series against West Indies A preceded by two separate multi-team tournaments as well as a visit from an Ireland A side.

They will face Netherlands, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh as their Group D opponents.

Netherlands  

Squad: Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Michael Levitt, Scott Engelbrecht, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Vikram Singh, Logan van Beek, Paul van Meekeren, Viv Kingma, Tim Pringle, Aryan Dutt, Wes Barresi, Kyle Klein, Saqib Zulfiqar. Reserve: Ryan Klein

Netherlands have selected a squad that looks very similar to the one they took to the ODI World Cup last year, with 10 of the 15 names the same between squads. 

Australian-born keeper-batter Scott Edwards will again lead the Dutch, but his side will be missing a couple of experienced players. Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe have opted to play for their county sides instead of the Netherlands, which will be coincidently in the midst of the T20 Blast competition right as the T20 World Cup is underway. 

Another Australian-born Dutchman, Timm van der Gugten, who has played in four previous T20 World Cups for Netherlands (2014, 2016, 2021 and 2022) is injured.

Fred Klaassen and Daniel Doram were initially included in the squad announced on May 13 but have subsequently been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries. Kyle Klein, initially named as a reserve, and Saqib Zulfiqar have been added to the 15-member squad while Kyle’s brother, Ryan Klein, is the new travelling reserve.

New Zealand  

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee. Reserve: Ben Sears

Experience has trumped youthful pace in New Zealand’s men’s T20 World Cup squad, with Matt Henry and Trent Boult beating quick Ben Sears to the final 15.

Sears impressed in recent T20 and Test series against Australia, but after an expensive tour of Pakistan he has been edged by Henry, who will play at his first T20 World Cup at the age of 32.

Emerging batter Rachin Ravindra is the only other man set to make his T20 tournament debut in a vastly experienced team.

Ravindra, power-hitter Finn Allen (both 24) and allrounder Glenn Phillips, 27, are the only squad members who will still be under the age of 30 on the day of the World Cup final.

Oman  

Squad: Aqib Ilyas (c), Zeeshan Maqsood, Ayaan Khan, Kashyap Prajapati, Shoaib Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Pratik Athavale, Naseem Khushi, Khalid Kail, Mehran Khan, Bilal Khan, Kaleemullah, Fayyaz Butt, Shakeel Ahmad, Rafiullah. Reserves: Jatinder Singh, Samay Shrivastava, Sufyan Mehmood, Jay Odedra

Oman have named a new captain, Aqib Ilyas, for their return to the tournament after co-hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Ilyas is Oman’s leading run-scorer (364) and wicket-taker (20) this year and will have plenty of bowling options at his disposal along with his own leggies.

Quicks Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah and Rafiullah, spinner Shakeel Ahmed, and allrounders Zeeshan Maqsood, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan and Mehran Khan have all picked in the squad to face Australia, England, Namibia and Scotland in Group B.

Pakistan  

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wk), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Abbas Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed

Pakistan have stuck solid with the group that is currently on a T20 tour of Ireland and the UK, reducing that 18-man squad down to 15 for their World Cup campaign. No players outside that squad were selected, while Hasan Ali, who was released back to Warwickshire earlier this week, and Agha Salman and Irfan Khan were the three to miss out. Haris Rauf, known to Aussie audiences for his BBL exploits with the Melbourne Stars, now looks set to live out his World Cup dream having overcome recent injury.

Babar Azam will lead the squad in an ICC event for the third time, while no travelling reserves were named. Pakistan left their announcement until right before the May 25 deadline. From now, personnel changes require ICC Event Technical Committee approval, which is generally restricted to things like tournament-ending injuries. A player replaced in the squad cannot later be recalled to the squad, except to replace another player. 

Star ‘keeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has made a successful return to the side after missing a couple of matches against New Zealand, blazing 75no and 56 in the two most recent matches against Ireland.

Papua New Guinea  

Squad: Assadollah Vala (c), Charles Amini, Alei Nao, Chad Soper, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura

Papua New Guinea, led by 36-year-old veteran allrounder Assad Vala, will be eyeing their first-ever win at a senior men’s World Cup after being drawn in the same group as event debutants Uganda. They qualified for this year’s T20 World Cup by winning six matches in a row on home soil last July.

The Barramundis made their only appearance the T20 World Cup in 2021, suffering heavy losses to Oman and Bangladesh but getting within 17 runs for Scotland as they bowed out in the first round.

“For some of the boys who went to the last T20 World Cup, it’s a different feeling now with a lot of the training because the last time was during Covid, and the preparation wasn’t as good as what we’re going through now.” Vala said. “I am looking forward to this event because I know we are going to do well.”

The Barras have been preparing since December last year under the watchful eye of new coach Tatenda Taibu, which included a 14-day camp in Brisbane and a month-long tour of India, Oman, Hong Kong and Malaysia. They will also play four T20 matches across eight days in St Kitts – two each against Canada and Namibia – prior to the World Cup before facing hosts West Indies, Afghanistan and New Zealand alongside Uganda in Group C.

Scotland  

Squad: Richie Berrington (c), Matthew Cross, Bradley Currie, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Jack Jarvis, Michael Jones, Michael Leask, Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Charlie Tear, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

An ever-improving Scotland return this year’s global ICC men’s event after a heartbreaking loss to the Netherlands that saw them narrowly miss qualification for the 2023 50-over World Cup. And in the 2022 T20 World Cup they finished third in the first round, failing to get out of their group despite beating West Indies by 42 runs in Hobart.

Batter Richie Berrington will lead a side that beat UAE 2-1 in March and will warm-up for the World Cup with a tri-series against Ireland and the Netherlands later this month. Opener Michael Jones has been named in the squad fresh off 194 for Durham Second XI last month, while Hampshire right-armer Brad Wheal has also been picked.

“To have Michael Jones and Brad Wheal available, their experience from previous T20 World Cups is crucial for the group,” head coach Doug Watson said. “The bulk of the squad have been together for a while now and did a fantastic job last year at both the 50-over and T20 qualifiers last summer. It’s nice to have a bit of continuity … hopefully we can see the same level from these players, if not higher, when we get to the Caribbean.”

Scotland face England, Namibia and Oman before rounding out their Group B fixtures with a clash against Australia in St Lucia.

South Africa  

Squad: Aiden Markram (c), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs. Travelling reserves: Nandre Burger, Lungi Ngidi

South Africa have included fast bowler Anrich Nortje and the uncapped duo of Ryan Rickelton and Ottniel Baartman in their 15-man squad for this year’s men’s T20 World Cup.

Nortje, 30, has not played a T20 international for more than a year due to persistent injuries, and on his return in the Indian Premier League this season he has given up a woefully high 13.36 runs per over across six matches.

Batter Rickelton, who can also keep wicket, has been rewarded for his fine form in SA20 this year, in which he was the leading scorer with 530 runs at an average of 58.88, while seamer Baartman took 18 wickets in eight matches in the competition.

Aiden Markram will captain the squad, which also includes power hitters Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Quinton de Kock and Tristan Stubbs.

Sri Lanka  

Squad: Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Charith Asalanka (vc), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka. Travelling Reserves: Asitha Fernando, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Janith Liyanage

Evergreen allrounder Angelo Mathews has been included in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad for a sixth time at the age of 36.

Uncapped left-arm finger spinner Dunith Wellalage – who made his ODI debut against Australia in 2022 – has also been named in their 15-player squad, with the team to be captained by star leggie Wanindu Hasaranga, who took over from Dasun Shanaka in December last year.

The 36-year-old Mathews, who was part of Sri Lanka’s title-winning XI at the 2014 edition, will be making his sixth T20 World Cup appearance. Fast bowling sensation Matheesha Pathirana – nicknamed ‘Baby Malinga’ due to the likeness of his action to the Sri Lankan great – has been picked in his first T20 World Cup squad after lighting up this year’s IPL with 13 wickets at an economy rate of 7.68 for Chennai Super Kings before sustaining a hamstring injury.

Sri Lanka have been drawn in Group D where they will face South Africa in the first-ever match at the purposed-built New York stadium on June 3, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal and Netherlands.

Uganda  

Squad: Brian Masaba (c), Riazat Ali Shah (vc), Kenneth Waiswa, Dinesh Nakrani, Frank Nsubuga, Ronak Patel, Roger Mukasa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Bilal Hassun, Fred Achelam, Robinson Obuya, Simon Ssesazi, Henry Ssenyondo, Alpesh Ramjani, Juma Miyaji. Travelling reserves: Ronald Lutaaya, Innocent Mwebaze

The 43-year-old off-spinning allrounder Frank Nsubuga has been named in a Ugandan squad that is making their first appearance at a senior men’s ICC event after knocking off Zimbabwe and Kenya in the African qualifying tournament last November. Nsubuga, who played his first international match as a 16-year-old more than 27 years ago for East and Central Africa in the 1997 ICC Trophy, is set to be the oldest player to feature in the tournament.

Brian Masaba will lead Uganda against Afghanistan, PNG, West Indies and New Zealand in Group C, with his deputy 26-year-old allrounder Riazat Ali Shah, who moved to Uganda from Pakistan aged 16.

United States  

Squad: Monank Patel (c), Aaron Jones (vc), Andries Gous, Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, Jessy Singh, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Nitish Kumar, Noshtush Kenjige, Saurabh Nethralvakar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir. Reserves: Gajanand Singh, Juanoy Drysdale, Yasir Mohammad.

Former New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson will represent his second team at a T20 World Cup after being picked by tournament co-hosts USA in their 15-man squad.

Lead quick Ali Khan, who has experience playing T20 leagues around the world, has also been named after recovering from a hamstring injury. The team is captained by Monank Patel.

West Indies

Squad: Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph (vc), Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Sherfane Rutherford. Reserves: Kyle Mayers, Matthew Forde, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Andre Fletcher

Shamar Joseph, the hero of West Indies’ memorable Gabba Test victory earlier this year, has been picked for the T20 World Cup despite having never played an international match in the format.

Joseph led the Windies to one of their most famous victories in January when he bowled through a foot injury to take 7-68 and cap a remarkable debut international series.

While he has only played two T20s in his career, co-hosts West Indies have taken a flyer on the pocket-rocket paceman, while also recalling batter Shimron Hetmyer.

Joseph was the headline announcement in a 15-man squad captained by Rovman Powell and featuring leading lights Andre Russell, Alzarri Joseph and Nicholas Pooran. 

The tournament co-hosts made a late change at the squad deadline with left-armer Obed McCoy coming in for vetaran allrounder Jason Holder, who picked up an injury in the county championship that has ruled him out of the tournament. 

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