Dottin outstanding again in another Windies Women win

By February 07, 2019
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  • No place for Amir in Pakistan World Cup squad No place for Amir in Pakistan World Cup squad

    Mohammad Amir has missed out on a spot in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup.

    The paceman was Player of the Match when Pakistan claimed ICC Champions Trophy glory against India in England two years ago.

    But he has failed to take a wicket in nine of the 14 ODIs he has played since that triumph and has been omitted from Pakistan's team for cricket's showpiece in England and Wales.

    Amir will travel as part of the ODI squad to face England in ODI and T20 series before the World Cup and teams can make changes without ICC consent until May 23.

    The big-hitting Asif Ali is another notable exception, but the vastly experienced duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are included, the former on the proviso he is fit to feature after injuring his hand in the Pakistan Super League.

    "Shoaib Malik and Hafeez have played in World Cups before, which makes them experienced and qualified to provide the required stability to the middle-order," said chairman of Pakistan's men's selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    "Hafeez has not played any cricket for the past 10-odd weeks, but he has always featured in our plans. 

    "Although his inclusion in the World Cup squad is subject to fitness, yesterday we got a boost when he started playing with a tennis ball with his doctor confirming he will be available for selection for the series against England.

    "Our World Cup opener is on 31 May against the Windies, which is still six weeks away, and we are confident he will be fully fit and ready to display his vast international experience."

    Abid Ali gets the nod as back-up opener over Shan Masood, while teenage pacemen Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi are included.

    "Hasnain has been selected due to his sheer pace and speed," Inzamam added.

    "He may not have played many ODIs but he has already made an impact by making the top batsmen hop and run in his brief career while also picking up wickets."

    Eleven members of the squad that won the Champions Trophy are named in the World Cup squad.

     

    Pakistan squad in full: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik

  • Amla pips Hendricks to Proteas World Cup place Amla pips Hendricks to Proteas World Cup place

    South Africa have opted for Hashim Amla over Reeza Hendricks in their 15-man Cricket World Cup squad.

    Veteran Amla represents the more experienced option and, in the only real call for the selectors to make, he has been preferred to Hendricks.

    The rest of the squad was as expected, with Faf du Plessis set to lead the Proteas in England and Wales.

    "We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup," said selector Linda Zondi.

    "The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest.

    "The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us."

    Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje missed the Indian Premier League with injuries, but both have recovered in time to be included in the final group.

    Meanwhile, JP Duminy has suitably recovered from shoulder surgery to take his place in the squad.

     

    South Africa squad in full: Faf du Plessis, 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.

  • Chandimal misses out on Sri Lanka's World Cup squad Chandimal misses out on Sri Lanka's World Cup squad

    Sri Lanka have continued to rejig their one-day international set-up, leaving former captain Dinesh Chandimal out of their 15-man Cricket World Cup squad.

    The day after skipper Lasith Malinga was surprisingly replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, Chandimal - ODI captain as recently as October - has not made the cut for the upcoming tournament in England and Wales.

    Chandimal had been dropped from the Test team in February in order to play domestic cricket in a bid to rediscover his best form.

    He is one of a number of notable names to miss out as the selectors make significant changes to a side that lost their last nine ODIs under Malinga's stewardship.

    Malinga keeps his place, but Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya and openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga are all out.

    That means recalls for four players who have not played for the 50-over side since 2017 in Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeevan Mendis and Jeffrey Vandersay.

    Youngster Avishka Fernando is involved again, despite failing to impress against South Africa last month, while Nuwan Pradeep is also included.

    Sri Lanka begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1.

     

    Sri Lanka squad in full: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), 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.

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