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ZC to name cricket World Cup squad

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Zimbabwe will announce its preliminary squad for next year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup today, less than a week after returning from a disappointing tour of Bangladesh.

The 2011 World Cup will be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.

In an interview with NewsDay, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) convener of selectors Alistair Campbell said a 30-man squad would be announced today. The team will then be submitted to the ICC before the deadline tomorrow.

“Tomorrow (today) we will name an initial squad of 30 players which we will submit to the ICC before the stipulated deadline on Sunday (tomorrow).

“The team will be trimmed to a manageable 20 players for a training camp before the tournament. There are definitely going to be some changes in the side as some players have been knocking on the door after some good performances on the domestic scene.

“However, we will not only be focusing on the World Cup but also on next season as we have some important assignments lined up,” said Campbell.

Bangladesh, South Africa and defending champions Australia named their provisional squads early this week.

However, Pakistan’s deadline was extended to January 5 to pave way for the ongoing investigations on their three players charged for alleged spot-fixing.

Zimbabwe is in Group A alongside Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Canada and they will have improve from their performance during the just ended tour of Bangladesh.

The locals returned from a disappointing tour in Bangladesh on Wednesday where they won the first one-day international before losing the series 3-1.

The batting department is definitely going to be an area of concern for the selectors and there might be some changes as Zimbabwe struggled to contain the spinners in the sub-continent conditions.

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