Pakistan have brought Yasir Shah into their squad for the upcoming Twenty20 and ODI matches against England after Shadab Khan was ruled out with a virus.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Sunday that leg-spinner Shadab would require rest for at least four weeks, with the one-off T20 versus England to take place in Cardiff on May 5 before five ODIs.

It remains to be seen if Shadab will recover in time for the start of the Cricket World Cup, with Pakistan set to get their campaign under way against West Indies on May 31.

Yasir, a like-for-like replacement for Shadab, was not included in Pakistan's 15-man squad announced earlier this week but the PCB, like all participating countries, has until May 23 to make any necessary changes to that World Cup selection.

Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir, not part of the original party, have been added as additional players.

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

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.

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.

Jofra Archer insists he is not looking to "step on anyone's toes" as he prepares to link up with the England squad for the first time.

The Sussex all-rounder became eligible for England duty this year and has been handed his first call-up for the upcoming limited-overs internationals against Pakistan and Ireland.

Archer has not been included in the Cricket World Cup squad, although he could yet earn a place in the final group if he impresses in an England shirt.

Several figures - including England seamers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes - had argued ahead of the squad announcement that bringing in a new face could have a destabilising impact on the top-ranked one-day international side.

Archer, who was the obvious candidate to break into the group, is keen not to upset any of his new team-mates.

"This is a great England team that has been playing very well for a number of years leading into the World Cup," he told ECB.co.uk. "I understand the situation and I'm very happy with everything.

"I don't want to step on anyone's toes. The squad selected for the World Cup deserve it and my job is to do my very best against Pakistan.

"It's already above and beyond my expectations and I'm just looking forward to meeting the team and playing cricket for England."

He added: "It's not all about the World Cup for me right now. It's about playing against Pakistan, which is what I've been selected for.

"It will still be the highlight of my career to play for England in the series against Pakistan.

"Of course, I want to play in the World Cup, but if it doesn't happen for me, I'm not going to get upset. I'm just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I didn't imagine I would be in at this stage."

Ian Botham does not envisage any surprise new faces being called into England's Cricket World Cup squad despite mounting speculation regarding Jofra Archer.

Hosts England are set to name their provisional 15-man group for the tournament on Wednesday, with the final squads to be finalised by the ICC on May 23.

While Eoin Morgan has a settled side, Barbados-born all-rounder Archer is now eligible to play for England and has spoken in recent months of his desire to be called up.

But England great Botham does not foresee drastic changes to Morgan's top-ranked one-day international team.

"No, you don't give people a chance when you're actually at the World Cup," Botham told Omnisport.

"No, this team's been working together, it's been bonding, you understand what the guy on the left is doing and the guy on the right and that's very important. I don't think there will be many changes, if any.

"I think Eoin Morgan has pretty much made his mind up on the situation and if you did anything to disrupt it, I don't think it would help the team."

Sussex man Archer has consistently impressed in limited-overs cricket, playing a key role for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, as well as starring for Indian Premier League outfit Rajasthan Royals.

Archer took 3-15 against Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday, while England seamers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes each argued bringing a fresh face in could have a destabilising impact upon Morgan's in-form squad.

Uncapped seamer Abu Jayed has been named in Bangladesh's 15-man Cricket World Cup squad, yet there is no place for batsman Imrul Kayes.

Jayed has appeared in Twenty20 internationals and Tests for his nation and though he is yet to feature in a one-day international, the 25-year-old swing bowler has been included for the upcoming 50-over showpiece in England.

Mustafizur Rahman, who is battling an ankle problem, is also part of the squad, as are Mahmudullah (shoulder) and Rubel Hossain (side strain).

However, Imrul has once again been omitted having missed the recent ODI series with New Zealand, which Bangladesh lost 3-0.

Imrul, 32, averages over 32 in 78 ODIs for Bangladesh but will be missing when his country begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2.

There is a recall for Mosaddek Hossain, though, the middle-order batsman having not represented Bangladesh in an ODI since September 2018.

In addition to the 15 players named in the squad, Yasir Ali and Nayeem Hasan have been called up for the tri-series with Ireland and West Indies, which begins in May.

 

Bangladesh's World Cup squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abu Jayed, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain.

Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu have missed out on India's Cricket World Cup squad, with Vijay Shankar set to receive a prominent role.

Pant is India's Test wicketkeeper but he has not been included in the ODI group travelling to England, with Dinesh Karthik preferred to play back-up to MS Dhoni.

And according to chief selector MSK Prasad, it was Pant's glovework that saw him miss out, with recent strong performances with the bat in the longest format not enough to secure a place.

"Wicketkeeping also matters," said Prasad. "That is the reason why we went with Dinesh Karthik, otherwise Rishabh Pant was also there."

The number four spot has been an issue for India of late, with Shankar set to compete with KL Rahul for the position.

Captain Virat Kohli had previously suggested Rayudu was in line to take up the role, but he has missed out on the squad completely.

"Since the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey," Prasad said.

"We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, he can bowl if the conditions are overcast, plus he is a fielder.

"We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a number four. Now we have plenty of options for that slot."

The rest of the squad is as expected, with Kohli leading a group that includes Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The ICC still allows teams to make changes to their final squads up until May 23.

 

India squad in full: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced Floyd Reifer will take over as interim head coach from Richard Pybus as part of a shake-up announced by new president Ricky Skerritt.

Pybus was placed in temporary charge earlier this year and oversaw a famous home Test-series victory over England.

However, Skerritt confirmed on Thursday that Reifer will resume a role he undertook during the Windies' tour of Bangladesh last year.

It was also announced that Robert Haynes will replace Courtney Browne as interim head of selectors.

"In the midst of change, we have no doubt that our West Indian players, led expertly by Jason Holder, will be well prepared going to the World Cup," Skerritt said via a statement on CWI's official website.

"What we are now enforcing ahead of the upcoming World Cup is a new approach to strategic thinking while reviving authentic West Indian team spirit. 

"Former West Indies captain and award-winning coach, Floyd Reifer, has therefore been chosen as the interim head coach of the men's senior team because he has lived the same principles West Indian excellence that we now insist must prevail in our cricket.

"Up to the end of 2018 Floyd Reifer had been identified as the outstanding emerging local coach. He displayed this by leading the West Indies A team successfully, including victories against the England Lions, and ended the past year by coaching the senior men's team to a T20 series win in Bangladesh. 

"I have no doubt that coach Reifer is the right man at the right time."

On Haynes' appointment, he added: "[Haynes] is the most experienced and best suited for this responsibility at this time. 

"We are confident that in Mr Haynes we have found an interim chairman who shares the philosophy of inclusiveness and therefore believes in our new selection policy. 

"Because of his impressive track record of good relations with players and past players, we have no doubt that Mr Haynes will engage with players everywhere, strictly in the interest of what is best for West Indian cricket."

Virat Kohli has become the first player to be crowned the world's leading cricketer for a third successive year by Wisden.

The cricketing almanack annually recognises the top players across all formats of the game, and once again Kohli has been named as the world's best.

During 2018, India captain Kohli scored five Test hundreds and amassed an impressive 1,322 runs – 299 more than any other player.

Across all three formats Kohli scored 2,735 runs, with 1,202 of them coming in ODIs – the 30-year-old averaging 133.55 in the 50-over format.

Smriti Mandhana claimed the women's leading player award, completing a clean sweep for India, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the top Twenty20 player for a second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Kohli has also been named as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year, where he is joined by England quartet Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Tammy Beaumont – who scored a 47-ball T20 hundred against South Africa at Taunton in June.

Ben Stokes hopes his response to being arrested and the subsequent court case could prove to be a major positive influence on his mentality during the rest of his career.

The star all-rounder was arrested in September 2017 during a night out after England's one-day international against West Indies.

He missed the 2017-18 Ashes series against Australia as a consequence, but was later acquitted after facing charges of affray. 

"No matter what happens in life with me now, the Bristol thing will always be there," he told ESPNcricinfo.

"It's something I'll always carry with me. It'll always be there. Always.

"I want to do things on the field to be remembered for. If we win the World Cup, that becomes the first paragraph [of a career profile], doesn't it? I don't want to be remembered as the guy who had a fight in the street."

Despite his international and professional future being at risk before and during the trial, Stokes claims he had always considered himself fortunate to play cricket for a living.

"The easy thing to say is yes, it made me appreciate it more," he said.

"But I don't know - I always did appreciate it.

"But thinking all this is going to be taken away from me might be the thing that has changed the way I do things. I was that close to my career ending and being thrown away just like that. Maybe that is it.

"It sounds silly but, could Bristol have been the best thing that could have happened to me? Who knows. But maybe in terms of my way of thinking."

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have criticised the decision to end Asghar Afghan's stint as Afghanistan captain ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has brought Afghan's four-year captaincy across all three formats to a close, naming Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib and 20-year-old Rashid as the new skippers in Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s respectively.

The move comes less than two months before the start of Afghanistan's second World Cup campaign in England and Wales.

"The World Cup provides us with the opportunity to play against nine full members," ACB chairman Azizullah Fazli told ESPNcricinfo. "We thought it is a good time to introduce a change in leadership."

But young star Rashid and veteran Nabi - Afghan's predecessor, who captained the side at the 2015 tournament - are both unhappy with the call.

Rashid said in a Twitter post: "With all the respect to the selection committee, I strongly disagree with the decision as it is irresponsible and bias.

"As we have the Cricket World Cup in front of us, captain Asghar Afghan should remain as our team captain. His captaincy is highly instrumental for team success.

"With just months to go for such a mega event like the World Cup, changing the captain will cause uncertainty and also team morale will be affected."

Nabi, who shared Rashid's message, added in his own post: "Being a senior member of the side and having seen the rise of Afghanistan cricket, I don't think it's the right time to change the captain before the World Cup.

"The team has gelled really well under Asghar and I personally feel he is the right man to lead us."

Afghan, Nabi and Rashid were all included in a 23-man party for Afghanistan's training camp in South Africa, with the deadline for final World Cup squads to be named on April 23.

Afghanistan begin their campaign against Australia in Bristol on June 1.

Ross Taylor is confident New Zealand can go all the way at the Cricket World Cup and put their 2015 heartbreak behind them.

The Black Caps won all of their eight matches on the way to the final four years ago, beating England, Australia and Sri Lanka in the group stages before knockout wins over West Indies and South Africa.

Australia denied them a clean sweep, though, as they produced a stunning bowling display to limit New Zealand to 183 – a total they eclipsed inside 34 overs.

New Zealand named their squad for the 2019 edition on Tuesday, with a host of names from four years ago still heavily involved.

One of those is Taylor, and he believes Gary Stead's squad are focused on going one better this time around.

"I think the last World Cup will play a big part in terms of experience and dealing with those big games," he told Cricket New Zealand.

"We were pipped at the last one but I think the players will use that as motivation.

"The players are just a lot more experienced, still a lot of those guys who played in that final are in the side and hopefully we can go one step further in the UK."

While this year's tournament will be Taylor's fourth, it will be Henry Nicholls' World Cup debut and he is relishing the opportunity having watched the heartbreak in 2015.

"It's awesome to be named for the World Cup, it's my first World Cup squad, it's pretty surreal," he said.

"What's ahead is a lot of hard work leading up to it, and obviously once we get there in England making sure we hit the ground running.

"We've played a lot of white-ball cricket in the last 12-18 months so we're coming in with a good diet of that."

Uncapped wicketkeeper Tom Blundell and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi have been picked in a strong New Zealand squad for this year's Cricket World Cup.

Blundell, 28, is yet to play a one-day international, but was named in the 15-man party for the tournament, which will be held in England and Wales from May to mid-July.

Tom Latham will continue as first-choice keeper in what is an experienced squad boasting more than 1,000 ODI appearances.

Ross Taylor is set for his fourth World Cup, while captain Kane Williamson, paceman Tim Southee and batsman Martin Guptill will play their third.

"The World Cup is the pinnacle of cricket and to be the first nation to name a squad for the tournament is really exciting," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said on Wednesday.

"I'd like to congratulate all the players selected. To represent your country at a World Cup is a huge honour and I know the entire squad and support staff are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

"As with any squad named for a major tournament, there's had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players.

"The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup.

"As a one-day unit we've been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level.

"We will have three training camps through April which will involve many players who are not in this squad as it's important they're ready on stand-by should we lose anybody in the lead up to or at the tournament."

The Black Caps begin their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1.

 

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

Australia international Marnus Labuschagne has signed for Glamorgan for the first half of the 2019 season.  

Labuschagne broke into Australia's Test team in October last year and will undoubtedly hope strong performances in the English county game can be a springboard to further international recognition, particularly with the Ashes coming up later this year.  

The 24-year-old, who was born in South Africa, has scored 210 runs in five Tests at an average of 26.25, hitting a top score of 81 against Sri Lanka in January.  

He has also taken nine Test wickets at an average of 27.11 with his leg-spin, though is yet to play any limited-overs games for Australia.

"I've always wanted to play county cricket and test myself in different conditions and a new environment, so I'm delighted to sign for Glamorgan," said Labuschagne.  
   
"I understand it was a difficult season last year for the club, but hopefully I can hit the ground running and put in some good performances to get us off to a winning start."

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