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04 January 201100:46

PCB names 30-man ICC CWC 2011 preliminary squad

The Pakistan national selection committee met in Lahore on Tuesday to finalise the squad

PCB names 30-man ICC CWC 2011 preliminary squad
 - Cricket News

Mohammad Hafeez has been named as one of four openers.

The Pakistan national selection committee met on Tuesday at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to finalise the preliminary squad for World Cup 2011.

Commenting on the occasion Chairman, national selection committee, Mohsin Khan said: "We are satisfied that we have selected the best squad from amongst the available players. The Selection Committee met on multiple occasions and only then decided on the names. I request the whole nation to back the selected players who need all the encouragement to win the World Cup."

Commenting on the media reports regarding ‘clearance’ of certain players, Chairman PCB, Ijaz Butt said "There is a lot of speculation in the media regarding clearance or otherwise of players by Integrity Committee of PCB. The Integrity Committee has given its views on some players to the Selection Committee which has taken into consideration that input and has selected the 30 players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.”

The squad for the New Zealand ODI series will be announced next week.

Preliminary squad:

Openers: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad,Taufique Umer, Nasir Jamshed

Middle-Order batsmen: Mohammad Yousuf, Younus Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Akmal,Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Naveed Yasin

WicketKeepers: Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Salman Ahmed

All Rounders: Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Rana Naveed

Spin Bowlers: Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar

Fast Bowlers: Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer, Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Asad Ali