South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have announced their provisional World Cup Squads

South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have announced their provisional World Cup Squads

South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan have announced their provisional World Cup Squads

Three giants of Cricket World have announced their squads for the Cricket World Cup 2019 happening in England and Wales, starting from the end of May.

There is surely a mixture of emotions from the fans of cricket about the selections but it is a tough call for the selectors and they have to consider a lot of different criterion before the selection and as a fan, you have to have faith in the final section.

These are provisional squad selections and each time will have the opportunity to change their team before 23rd May 2019 as per the ICC rules.


First, let’s have a look at the team of Sri Lanka;

  1. Dimuth Karunaratne (c)
  2. Avishka Fernando
  3. Lahiru Thirimanne
  4. Kusal Perera
  5. Kusal Mendis
  6. Angelo Mathews
  7. Dhananjaya de Silva
  8. Jeffery Vandersay
  9. Thisara Perera
  10. Isuru Udana
  11. Lasith Malinga
  12. Suranga Lakmal
  13. Nuwan Pradeep
  14. Jeevan Mendis
  15. Milinda Siriwardana

Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup Squad 2019 - e-Syndicate Network

However, many of the regulars, including Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Akila Dananjaya, were excluded from the squad altogether, with Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Kasun Rajitha, and Wanindu Hasaranga placed on standby.


Second, let’s have a look at the World Cup Squad for South Africa;

  1. Faf du Plessis (captain)
  2. Hashim Amla
  3. Quinton de Kock
  4. JP Duminy
  5. Aiden Markram
  6. David Miller
  7. Lungi Ngidi
  8. Anrich Nortje
  9. Andile Phehlukwayo
  10. Dwaine Pretorius
  11. Kagiso Rabada
  12. Tabraiz Shamsi
  13. Dale Steyn
  14. Imran Tahir
  15. Rassie van der Dussen

Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius are the two seasoned all-rounders, while South Africa will go in with two spinners in Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi.

There is no back-up wicketkeeper, with David Miller expected to back up Quinton de Kock if he cannot take the gloves for whatever reason.

South Africa will play their first match against hosts England at The Oval on Thursday, May 30.


Lastly, Pakistan announced its Cricket World Cup squad for the series against England and Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday, among the controversies surrounding the appointment of PCB Managing Director, Wasim Khan that was challenged by 5 Governing Board members on Wednesday.

World Cup Squad for Pakistan Cricket Team includes;

  1. Fakhar Zaman
  2. Imam-ul-Haq
  3. Abid Ali
  4. Babar Azam
  5. Shoaib Malik
  6. Mohammad Hafeez
  7. Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain)
  8. Shadab Khan
  9. Imad Wasim
  10. Hasan Ali
  11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
  12. Junaid Khan
  13. Haris Sohail
  14. Faheem Ashraf
  15. Mohammad Hasnain

Pakistan Cricket World Cup Squad 2019 - e-Syndicate Network

Not much of a surprise with Muhammad Amir left out of the 15 members squad as his recent performance is questionable.

As per the ICC regulations, all participating sides have to submit their 15-player World Cup squads by April 30 but can make changes until May 22 without needing the ICC’s approval. Post-May 23, all player replacements will have to be approved by the Event Technical Committee.

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