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World Cup 2015: Final Squads Take Shape, Rearing to Go

10 of the 14 Finalised Squads for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 have been announced so far and the final 4 squads will be announced after the qualifiers’ round is over. 

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As the countdown to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 rapidly gathers pace, the talk of the the cricket world has been around the final squads for all 14 nations competing in Australia and New Zealand.

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Mohammad Nabi was named the captain of Afghanistan’s 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that will take place in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

This will be Afghanistan’s maiden appearance in a World Cup, although the side has some big-match experience, having taken part in World Twenty20 tournaments earlier. The side will continue to rely on the core of senior players – with the likes of Samiullah Shenwari, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf and Hamid Hassan all part of the side.

Afghanistan Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Mohammad Nabi (capt),
Nawroz Mangal,
Asghar Stanikzai,
Samiullah Shenwari,
Afsar Zazai (wk),
Najibullah Zadran,
Nasir Jamal,
Mirwais Ashraf,
Gulbadin Naib,
Hamid Hassan,
Shapoor Zadran,
Dawlat Zadran,
Aftab Alam,
Javed Ahmadi,
Usman Ghani.


Mashrafe Mortaza will captain the Bangladesh side in its ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, with Shakib Al Hasan named the vice-captain of the 15-man squad.

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim will form the core of the side alongside Mortaza and Shakib, while among the younger lot, there were call-ups for Soumya Sarkar, the 21-year-old allrounder who has done well in domestic cricket this season, Taskin Ahmed, the 19-year-old fast bowler, and Taijul Islam, who had a sensational ODI debut against Zimbabwe where he picked up 4 for 11 to became the first bowler to take a hat-trick on ODI debut.

Bangladesh Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Mashrafe Mortaza (capt)
Shakib Al Hasan (vice-capt)
Tamim Iqbal
Anamul Haque
Mominul Haque
Mahmudullah Riaz
Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
Nasir Hossain
Taijul Islam
Taskin Ahmed
Al-Amin Hossain
Rubel Hossain
Soumya Sarkar
Sabbir Rahman
Arafat Sunny


England selectors have made three changes to the one-day squad that lost 5-2 to Sri Lanka in December. Led by Eoin Morgan, James Anderson and Stuart Broad return from injury with batsman Gary Ballance also included. Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney are the three players to miss out from the most recent one-day squad.

England Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Capt)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
James Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)


India have named their final squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. MS Dhoni will lead the 15-man Indian squad that will aim to defend its ICC Cricket World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand in February-March.

Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny have been included as all-rounders, whilst Axar Patel and Ravinchandran Ashwin offer spin options. The squad also features several fast bowlers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma leading the line.

India Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Virat Kohli (capt)
Ajinkya Rahane
Shikhar Dhawan

M.S. Dhoni
Rohit Sharma
Stuart Binny
Suresh Raina
Ravindra Jadeja
Ambati Rayudu
Axar Patel
Ravichandran Ashwin
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Mohammed Shami
Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma.


Ireland’s selectors have confirmed their squad for the World Cup next month in Australia and New Zealand. There are no changes to the 15 players named last month for the training camp and tri-series in Dubai against Afghanistan and Scotland.

Captain William Porterfield is one of five players who will be participating in their third World Cup, along with the O’Brien brothers, Ed Joyce, and John Mooney.

Ireland Squad for the ICC World Cup 2015

William Porterfield (Captain),
Andrew Balbirnie,
Peter Chase,
Alex Cusack,
George Dockrell,
Ed Joyce,
Andrew McBrine,
John Mooney,
Tim Murtagh,
Kevin O’Brien,
Niall O’Brien,
Paul Stirling,
Stuart Thompson,
Gary Wilson,
Craig Young.

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum will lead a full-strength New Zealand squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The batting line-up boasts of experience in the form of McCullum, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, while Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott, who last played an ODI in November 2013, will serve as the allrounders.

The spin department will be manned by the experienced Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum.

New Zealand squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Brendon McCullum (captain)
Corey Anderson
Trent Boult
Grant Elliott
Martin Guptill
Tom Latham
Mitchell McClenaghan
Nathan McCullum
Kyle Mills
Adam Milne
Luke Ronchi
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor
Dan Vettori
Kane Williamson


The Pakistan Cricket Board announced its 15-member squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand. The squad contains two openers, four middle order batsmen, five pace bowlers, one spinner, two all-rounders and a wicket-keeper/batsman.

Sohail Khan, the seamer, who last represented Pakistan in 2011, was included. Shoiab Maqsood, Junaid Khan and Ehsan Adil have all recovered from injuries and will feature in the squad. Pakistan fans will be delighted by the presence of Shahid Afridi who will play in a fifth ICC Cricket World Cup since his debut back in 1999.

Pakistan Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Misbah-ul-Haq (capt)
Ahmed Shehzad
Younis Khan
Mohammad Hafeez
Haris Sohail
Sarfraz Ahmed
Umar Akmal
Sohaib Maqsood
Shahid Afridi
Yasir Shah
Mohammad Irfan
Junaid Khan
Ehsan Adil
Sohail Khan
Wahab Riaz

South Africa

AB De Villiers will lead a full strength South Africa squad to Australia and New Zealand in February to challenge for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

There are eight players with previous World Cup experience, De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir. Whilst of the newcomers, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander will be hoping to shine for the first time on the ICC Cricket World Cup stage.

South Africa Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

AB de Villiers (capt),
Hashim Amla (vice-capt)
Kyle Abbott
Farhaan Behardien
Quinton de Kock
JP Duminy
Faf du Plessis
Imran Tahir
David Miller
Morne Morkel
Wayne Parnell
Aaron Phangiso
Vernon Philander
Rilee Rossouw
Dale Steyn

Sri Lanka

Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga were named in Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad, Malinga last figured in an international fixture four months ago and his participation is subject to fitness.

The Angelo Mathews-led squad also features Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene, the experienced trio that was part of the team that finished runners-up at the 2011 edition in the subcontinent.

Alongside Lahiru Thirimanne, the vice-captain, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal, these three form the core specialist batting group, with Mathews, Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis  adding another dimension to the mix with their all-round abilities.

Sri Lanka Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Angelo Mathews (capt)
Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt)
Dimuth Karunaratne
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Kumar Sangakkara (wk)
Mahela Jayawardene
Dinesh Chandimal
Thisara Perera
Jeevan Mendis
Suranga Lakmal
Lasith Malinga
Dhammika Prasad
Nuwan Kulasekara
Rangana Herath
Sachithra Senanayake


Zimbabwe’s 15-man squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup sees Elton Chigumbura lead his country as captain.

Hamilton Masakadza, who made his international debut 14 years ago, is set to play in his first World Cup. Masakadza will form the batting core alongside Sikander Raza, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams.

The bowling group will be led by Tinashe Panyangara, who is likely to share the new ball with Tendai Chatara. They will be joined by Tawanda Mupariwa, the right-arm pacer, who last played an ODI in 2009. Tafadzwa Kamungozi, the legspinner, and Raza and Stuart Matsikenyeri, the offspinners, complete the bowling unit.

Zimbabwe Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Elton Chigumbura (capt),
Sikandar Raza,
Regis Chakabva,
Tendai Chatara,
Chamu Chibhabha,
Craig Ervine,
Tafadzwa Kamungozi,
Hamilton Masakadza,
Stuart Matsikenyeri,
Solomon Mire,
Tawanda Mupariwa,
Tinashe Panyangara,
Brendan Taylor (wk),
Prosper Utseya,
Sean Williams.

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