ICC World T20 2021: England, South Africa, Windies, Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan announce squads
The build-up to the ICC World T20 2021 has begun, as the sides participating have announced the squad. England, South Africa, Windies, Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland too have announced theirs.
The 2021 ICC World T20 will grip the world in the Twenty20 fever from next month. In the build-up to it, the participating teams have announced the preliminary squad for the mega-blockbuster, like England, South Africa, Windies, Ireland, Afghanistan and Scotland are the freshest sides to have announced their squad.
As for England, the notable omission happens to be all-rounder Ben Stokes, who continues to remain on a break due to mental health issues, while pacer Jofra Archer too was nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, pacer Tymal Mills has been recalled to the side, who played his last T20I in 2017.
Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow (wk), Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.
Standby: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson and James Vince.
The Protea has made three massive changes to the WT20 squad, as it has left out top players like Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris. Meanwhile, it is believed that since the trio does not have central contracts with their side, South Africa has decided against having them in the squad.
Squad: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, WIaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Standby: Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams.
The defending champion, too, has made a shocking change, leaving out T20 specialist mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who could also have been a handy opener for the side. Nevertheless, it has recalled pacer Ravi Rampaul, who could be playing his first T20I since 2015, while veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard would lead the squad.
Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran vc & wk), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher (wk), Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Oshane Thomas and Hayden Walsh Jr
Standby: Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell and Darren Bravo.
As for Ireland, it has not fiddled much with its squad, comprising of all its top players and will be led by Andy Balbirnie. Meanwhile, all-rounders Graham Kennedy and Gareth Delany happen to be the couple of uncapped players to be called up.
Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Neil Rock (wk), Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Ben White and Craig Young.
Afghanistan has announced a reasonably impressive squad, which seems flawless. However, less than an hour later, skipper Rashid Khan stepped down from the role, citing his dissatisfaction with the squad and alleged that it was chosen without his consent.
Squad: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Usman Ghani, Naveen ul Haq, Asghar Afghan, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shapoor Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk) and Qais Ahmad.
Standby: Afsar Zazai and Fareed Ahmad.
The Scottish side would be led by its regular skipper Kyle Coetzer. However, the appointment of former Englishman Jonathan Trott as the side's batting coach would be a mega boost, while it would look to come up with a prolific performance and qualify for the Super 12.
Squad: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richard Berrington (vc), Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross (wk), Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace (wk), Mark Watt and Brad Wheal
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