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2012 ICC World Twenty20, Sri Lanka

ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012

2012 world twenty20 cricketThe ICC World Twenty20 2012 tournament consisting of 27 Twenty20 matches will be hosted by Sri Lanka in Sep-Oct 2012. The first T20 match will be between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on September 18, 2012 at 19:30 local time to be played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.

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ICC World Twenty20 2012 Championship Finals
Sri Lanka vs West Indies

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

West Indies crowned champions

West Indies World Twenty20 Champions 2012 Sri Lanka Cricket team West Indies Cricket team World Twenty20A Marlon Samuels-inspired West Indies recovered from an awful start to beat Sri Lanka and clinch the World Twenty20 title. The West Indies, restricted to 137/6 after electing to bat, hit back to defeat Sri Lanka by 36 runs on Sunday. It was the Caribbeans' first major global title after a gap of 33 years having won the ODI World Cup back in 1979.

Marlon Samuels smashed a heroic 78 off 56 balls to steer West Indies to 137 for six after only 32 runs came off the first 10 overs. The first run off the bat came off the 17th legal delivery. The hosts were all out for 101 in 18.4 overs.

Picture: West Indies captain Darren Sammy and Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene pose for photographers with the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup trophy in Colombo.
World T20 2012 Championship Finals, Sri Lanka vs West Indies: West Indies 137/6 (Samuels 78, Mendis 4-12, Malinga 0-54) beat Sri Lanka 101 in 18.4 ov (Narine 3-9) by 36 runs

Semi-Finals ICC World Twenty20 2012

ICC World Twenty20, 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Colombo

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to reach World T20 final

Sri Lanka Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Mohammad Hafeez scored 42 runs for Pakistan but it wasn't enough to take them past the Sri Lankan total of 139 on a difficult surface - dry, turning and hard to score on. Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis stifled the Pakistan batsmen to 31 runs in the last five overs, holding the opposition to 123/7. The left-arm spinner Rangana Herath grabbed three for 25. He was supported by two wickets each from seamer Angelo Mathews and unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis.

Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka finished on 139/4 in their 20 overs after the openers Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 63 in 10 overs. Both teams made one change from their last games. Pakistan brought back seamer Sohail Tanveer in place of Abdul Razzaq, while Sri Lanka dropped Akila Dananjaya to play Rangana Herath.

Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan
Sri Lanka XI: Jayawardene, Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mathews, Mendis, Thirimanne, Perera, Kulasekara, Malinga, Herath, Mendis
WT20 1st Semi Final - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Sri Lanka 139/4 (Jayawardene 42, Dilshan 35) beat Pakistan 123/7 (Mohammad Hafeez 42, Herath 3-25) by 16 runs

ICC World Twenty20, 2nd Semi-Final: Australia vs West Indies at Colombo

West Indies thrash Australia by 74 runs; will face SL in the final

Australian Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Windies bowled Australia out for 131 in 16.4 overs at Colombo's Premadasa stadium after Chris Gayle's 75 runs pushed West Indies to 205/4. Gayle faced 41 balls, hit 6 sixes and 4 fours, combining with Dwayne Bravo for 83 runs. West Indies ransacked 25 runs off the final over bowled by Xavier Doherty which included four sixes. Kieron Pollard smashed 38 off 15 with three sixes. In all West Indies hit 14 sixes.

Chasing a massive 206 runs total, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals and managed only 131 in 16.4 overs. Skipper Georges Bailey was the only success in Australian batting line-up with 63 off 29 balls, which included 4 sixes and 6 fours.

Australia XI: George Bailey (Captain), Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.
West Indies XI: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels.
WT20 2nd Semi Final - Australia vs West Indies: West Indies 205/4 (Gayle 75*, Pollard 38) beat Australia 131 in 16.4 ov (Bailey 63, Rampaul 3-16) by 74 runs

Super Eights ICC World Twenty20 2012

24th Match, Group 2: India vs South Africa WT20

India beat South Africa, but out of semis contention

Indian Cricket team South Africa Cricket team With South Africa crossing 121 runs total, India were knocked out of World Twenty20 in Super 8 stage as Pakistan booked their place in semifinals with a better net run-rate.

Reported Earlier: Australia are through to the semis, and Pakistan are sitting pretty with four points after beating Australia by 32 runs and a net run-rate of +0.273. South Africa is out, while India will need a huge win to progress to the Semis.

India XI: Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni (C/W), Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Balaji
South Africa XI: Amla, Kallis, de Villiers (C/W), Duminy, Du Plessis, Behardien, A Morkel, Botha, Peterson, Steyn, M Morkel
India vs South Africa World T20: India 152/6 (Raina 45) beat South Africa 151 in 19.5 ov (F du Plessis 65, Balaji 3-37, Zaheer 3-22) by 1 run

23rd Match, Group 2: Pakistan vs Australia WT20

Pakistan win, Australia qualify for semis

Pakistan Cricket team Australian Cricket team Nasir Jamshed scored a fluent 55 as Pakistan posted 149/6 against Australia before a five-man spin attack restricted the Aussies to 117/7. Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-17. Both teams ended the Super Eights on four points each, which knocked winless South Africa out of the tournament. Despite the defeat, Australia advanced to join Sri Lanka and West Indies in semi-finals with a superior net run-rate.
Pakistan vs Australia World T20: Pakistan 149/6 (Nasir Jamshed 55, Starc 3-20) beat Australia 117/7 by 32 runs

22nd Match, Group 1: Sri Lanka vs England WT20

Malinga sends defending champions England crashing out of World T20

Sri Lanka Cricket team England Cricket team Sri Lanka beat England in World Twenty20. Sri Lanka beat England by 19 runs to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals along with West Indies Monday and send the defending champions crashing out of the tournament. England lost by 19 runs. Samit Patel played the leading role in a half-century stand with a 48-ball 67 before he became a fifth victim for Lasith Malinga (5-31). Sri Lanka, on the basis of their supreme run-rate as compared to other teams, became the first team to qualify for the semis of the World Twenty20 when England were 87/5 at the 13.1 overs mark with 41 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka vs England World T20: Sri Lanka 169/6 (Jayawardene 42, Broad 3-32) beat England 150/9 (Patel 67, Malinga 5-31) by 19 runs

21st Match, Group 1: West Indies vs New Zealand WT20

West Indies beat New Zealand in Super Over to stay in semis hunt

New Zealand Cricket team West Indies Cricket team West Indies knocked New Zealand out of the World Twenty20 in a dramatic Super Over on Monday after their group one match finished in a tie. Chasing 140-run target, New Zealand struggled as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Ross Taylor, after playing a stellar 62 from 40 balls in the actual 20-over innings, starred yet again in the Super Over, scoring 15 runs on his own as the Kiwis set the Windies a target of 18. A couple of sixes from Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels off Tim Southee ensured there would be no last-ball drama for the Caribbeans.

Earlier, pacer Doug Bracewell (31 for 3) came up with superb bowling effort as New Zealand bundled out West Indies for a lowly 139.
West Indies vs New Zealand World T20: West Indies 139 in 19.3 overs (Chris Gayle 30, Tim Southee 3-21) beat New Zealand 139/7 (Ross Taylor 62, Sunil Narine 3-20) in the one-over eliminator

20th Match, Group 2: Pakistan vs India WT20

India coast past Pakistan to keep hopes alive

Indian Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Chasing an easy target of 129, Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 78 off 61 balls to propel India to an 8-wicket victory over Pakistan with 3 overs to spare. After losing Gambhir for a duck, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli controlled the innings by playing sensibly. Sehwag hit a sedate 29 before falling at 75/2 in the 11th over. Yuvraj Singh remained unbeaten on 19.

Earlier, electing to bat, Pakistan were all out for 128 thanks in part to Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh who returned similar figures of 2-16. Seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji chipped in with three wickets. Australia look virtually certain to reach the last four and the other three teams - including South Africa - all still have a chance of progressing.

Reported Earlier: Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and decided to bat first against India. Virender Sehwag returned to the playing XI after missing last two matches against England and Australia. Lakshmipathy Balaji also made his way back in to the team. Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh were left out for today's match.

India XI: Virender Sehwag, Gambhir, Virat Kohli, SK Raina, Yuvraj Singh, RG Sharma, MS Dhoni (Captain), Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Balaji
Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
Pakistan vs India World T20: India 129/2 in 17 ov (Kohli 78*) beat Pakistan 128 in 19.4 (Balaji 3-22, Yuvraj 2-16, Ashwin 2-16) by 8 wickets

India need to beat Pakistan to stay in the tournament

Indian Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan have never beaten India in either the 50-over World Cup or the World Twenty20, but today they start as the favorites to ouster India from the cup. Pakistan will look to extend their dominant form and put India on the brink of elimination in the clash everyone is waiting for. India were humiliated by Australia in their opening Super Eights match, and will have to pick up the pieces in their do-or-die game in the World Twenty20 Super Eights game at Colombo. The last time the two teams met India lost to Pakistan in a warm-up game on Sep 17th by 5 wkts.

India squad: MS Dhoni, Gambhir, Ashwin, Balaji, Chawla, Dinda, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, SK Raina, Virender Sehwag, RG Sharma, Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh
Pakistan squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Raza Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat

19th Match, Group 2: Australia vs South Africa WT20

Australia thrashes South Africa in Twenty20

Australian Cricket team South Africa Cricket team Australia powered by Shane Watson, gathered further momentum with a thrashing of South Africa by eight wickets in the Super Eight stage of cricket's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Tournament top-scorer Shane Watson continued his impressive form with both bat (70 off just 47 runs) and ball (two wickets for 29). Australia have now won both their Super Eight games while South Africa are on the brink of elimination having lost both their matches.
Australia vs South Africa World T20: Australia 147/2 in 17.4 (Watson 70, M Hussey 45*) beat South Africa 146/5 in 20 ov (Doherty 3-20) by 8 wkts

18th Match, Group 1: Sri Lanka vs West Indies WT20

Sri Lanka thrash West Indies by nine wickets

West Indies Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka's spinners kept West Indies' big-hitting batsmen to a modest total of 129/5 and man-of-the-match Mahela Jayawardene (65*) and Sangakkara (39*) put on 108 for the second wicket to see the hosts home.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies World T20: Sri Lanka 130/1 in 15.2 (Jayawardene 65*) beat West Indies 129/5 in 20 ov (Samuels 50, Bravo 40) by 9 wkts

17th Match, Group 1: England vs New Zealand WT20

England overhaul New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket team England Cricket team England beat New Zealand by six wickets to put the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown back on track. Steven Finn grabbed 3-16 to restrict New Zealand to 148/6 and then Luke Wright scored 76 runs as England reached its victory target of 149 with seven balls remaining in Pallekele. Wright smashed five sixes and as many boundaries off 43 balls. Electing to bat first, James Franklin top scored with 50 as the Kiwi's set a target of 149 after recovering from 67 for 4 early in their innings.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies World T20: England 149/4 in 18.5 ov (Wright 76) beat New Zealand 148/6 (Franklin 50, Finn 3-16) by 6 wicket

16th Match, Group 2: Australia vs India WT20

India convincingly beaten by Australia

Indian Cricket team Australian Cricket team After restricting India to 140 runs, David Warner (63 of 41 balls) and Shane Watson (72 of 42 balls) played havoc and mauled India on a slow track racing to victory in just 14.5 overs, and losing only one wicket. Man of the match Watson smashed two boundaries and seven sixes, and was the only man out, falling to Yuvraj Singh, one of the eight bowlers India used. Earlier Watson took 3-34 and and Pat Cummins 2-16 after Dhoni elected to bat first. For India, Raina smashed 26 runs from just 19 balls, while opener Irfan Pathan top scored with 31 runs from 30 balls. MS Dhoni (15) Virat Kohli (15), Yuvraj Singh (8) and Rohit Sharma (1) all struggled against the Aussie attack.
Australia vs India World T20: Australia 141/1 in 14.5 ov (Warner 63*, Watson 72) beat India 140/7 (Pathan 31, Watson 3-34) by 9 wickets, 31 balls remaining

15th Match, Group 2: Pakistan vs South Africa WT20

Pakistan pull off unlikely victory against SA in Colombo

Pakistan Cricket team South Africa Cricket team Pakistan beat South Africa by two wickets in a Super Eight stage match of the World Twenty20. Umar Gul cracked a stunning 17-ball 32 and Umar Akmal remained unbeaten on 43 t at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday after their top order suffered a batting collapse, chasing a modest target off 134 to win. Pakistan were 31 for three from five overs, after Hafeez and Imran Nazir provided them a brisk start. New Zealand were on top with Pakistan reeling at 76/7 in 14.3 overs before Gul executed a brilliant turnaround with his big hits.
Pakistan vs South Africa World T20: Pakistan 136/8 in 19.4 ov (Umar Akmal 43*, Umar Gul 32; Dale Steyn 3-22) beat South Africa 133/6 (JP Duminy 48, AB de Villiers 25) by 2 wickets

14th Match, Group 1: England vs West Indies WT20

Windies down England by 15 runs

West Indies Cricket team England Cricket team West Indies defeated England by fifteen runs during their ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match at Pallekele city. West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat and opener Johnson Charles scored his maiden half-century while Gayle was the aggressor in the partnership scoring 58, hitting six fours and four massive sixes. Man-of-the-match Charles struck 84 off 56 balls.

Chasing West Indies' imposing total of 179 for five, England required 23 off the final over but the dismissal of Hales, who struck two sixes and five fours, ended the defending champions hopes and they finished on 164 for four.
England vs West Indies World T20: West Indies 179/5 (Charles 84, Gayle 58) beat England 164/4 by 15 runs

13th Match, Group 1: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand WT20

Srilanka win the match in Super Over after tying the score with New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka held their nerve to claim a thrilling five-run super-over win against New Zealand in the first Super Eight match of the World Twenty20. With New Zealand needing 14 from their one over to win, Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga conceded only eight. Earlier, both sides had been level after 20 overs, New Zealand on 174-7, Sri Lanka making 174-6.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand World T20: Sri Lanka 174/6 (20 ov) tied with New Zealand 174/7 (20 ov)
Super Over: Sri Lanka 13-1 beat New Zealand 8-1 by five runs

World T20 2012 Group Matches

12th Match, Group D: Bangladesh vs Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 2012

Pakistan blasts Bangladesh, Completes Super Eight Lineup

Bangladesh Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan bludgeoned Bangladesh out of the World Twenty20 and successfully reached the Super Eights round with a ruthless batting display. Imran Nazir blasted 72 off 36 balls - tournament's fastest half-century - to help propel Pakistan past the 176-run victory target with eight balls to spare. Nazir slammed nine fours and three sixes in an opening stand of 124 off 81 balls with skipper Mohammad Hafeez (45). Earlier Bangladesh set Pakistan a daunting task after posting 175 for six, thanks to a classy innings of 84 by Shakib Al Hasan that included two sixes and 11 boundaries.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan World T20: Pakistan 178/2 (Nazir 72, Hafeez 45) beat Bangladesh 175/6 (Shakib 84, Arafat 3-25) by eight wickets

11th Match, Group B: Ireland vs West Indies ICC World Twenty20 2012

Rain ruins Irish hopes, West Indies progress

West Indies Cricket team Ireland Cricket team West Indies entered the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 by virtue of superior net run-rate after rain prevented their innings. Ireland, sent in to bat in Colombo, scored 129/6 in 19 overs, but saw their hopes drowned by an evening storm.
Ireland vs West Indies World T20: Ireland 129/6 in 19 ov (Niall O'Brien 25, Gayle 2-21) vs West Indies match abandoned

10th Match, Group A: England vs India ICC World Twenty20 2012

Harbhajan helps India thrash England by 90 runs

England Cricket team Indian Cricket team Harbhajan Singh (4-12) and Piyush Chawla (2-13) spun India to a massive 90-run victory over the defending champions England in their final group league encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday. Chasing 171-run target, England lost wickets at regular intervals against India and were all out for 80 runs in 14.4 overs. Batting first after losing the toss, under-fire Rohit Sharma hit a superb unbeaten half century after India started off slowly with Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan opening the batting with no Sehwag in the team.
England vs India World T20: India 170/4 in 20 ov (Kohli 40, Gambhir 45, R Sharma 55) beat England 80 in 14.4 ov (Kieswetter 35, Harbhajan 4-12) by 90 runs

9th Match, Group D: New Zealand vs Pakistan

Pakistan overcome fighting New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Saeed A classy fifty from Nasir Jamshed and a four wicket haul by Ajmal, lead Pakistan to its first win of this World T20 tournament. Pakistan scored 177-6 in their 20 overs after Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to bat first. They then New Zealand, who won in a convincing fashion against Bangladesh, to 164-9 in their 20 overs. The Kiwis however qualified for the Super Eights on net run rate.
Pakistan 177/6 (Nasir Jamshed 56, Mohammad Hafeez 43) beat New Zealand 164/9 (Saeed Ajmal 4-30) by 13 runs

8th Match, Group B: Australia vs West Indies ICC World Twenty20 2012

Australia beat West Indies to advance

Australian Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Gayle (54 runs off 33 balls) and Samuels’ (50 off 32 balls) half-centuries were in vain as rain ruined a potential thriller in West Indies first match. West Indies posted a mammoth 191 for 8 in 20 overs, enthralling a packed Premadasa Stadium, and Australia breezed to 100 for 1 in 9.1 overs, when rain stopped play. Sammy's men will need to beat Ireland on Monday to guarantee a spot in the last eight.
Australia vs West Indies World T20: Australia 100/1 in 9.1 ov (Watson 41*) beat West Indies 191/8 (Gayle 54, Samuels 50) by 17 runs (D/L method)

7th Match, Group C: Sri Lanka vs South Africa ICC World Twenty20 2012

South Africa thrash Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Cricket team South Africa Cricket team After rain delayed the start by two and a half hours, South Africa beat hosts Sri Lanka by a convincing 32 run margin in a shortened seven-over-a-side World Twenty20 group C match. Put into bat, Skipper AB de Villiers led from the as she notched up 13 balls 30 to power South Africa to 78/4. Sri Lanka lost Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene early and eventually limped to 46-5.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa World T20: South Africa 78/4 in (max 7 ov) beat Sri Lanka 46/5 in 7 ov by 32 runs

6th Match, Group A: Afghanistan vs England ICC World Twenty20 2012

Afghanistan out of T20 World Cup

Afghanistan Cricket team England Cricket team Defending champions England brushed aside Afghanistan by 116 runs in group A in Colombo with the help of Luke Wright's blistering 99 off 55 balls. Wright smashed eight fours and six sixes and remained not out. Afghanistan were dismissed for 80 in 17.2 overs, after being precariously placed at 26 for eight.
England vs Afghanistan World T20: England 196/5 (Wright 99*) beat Afghanistan 80 (Naib 44, Patel 2-6, Broad 2-10) by 116 runs

5th Match, Group D: New Zealand vs Bangladesh ICC World Twenty20 2012

Record-breaking McCullum leads New Zealand's rout of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Brendon McCullum smashed a record 123 off 58 balls - the highest ever Twenty20 score - to help New Zealand humble Bangladesh by 59 runs. The 30-year-old right hander smashed seven sixes and 11 boundaries as New Zealand reached 191-3 in their 20 allotted overs. In return, Bangladesh could score just 132 for eight.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh World T20: New Zealand 191/3 (McCullum 123) beat Bangladesh 132/8 (Nasir Hossain 50, Southee 3-16, Mills 3-33) by 59 runs

4th Match, Group C: South Africa vs Zimbabwe ICC World Twenty20 2012

South Africa crush Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

South Africa Cricket team Zimbabwe Cricket team Zimbabwe crashed out of the event after slumping to their second defeat in the tournament as Richard Levi smashed his way to a 44-ball unbeaten 50 while Hashim Amla remained not out on 32 from 33 balls as South Africa chased down the target of 94 with 44 balls to spare. Opening their campaign in tournament, South Africa first restricted Zimbabwe to 93 for eight after inviting the opposition to bat and then piled up the runs without breaking a sweat.

Both Sri Lanka and South Africa, who face each other in their last group match on Saturday, have progressed to the Super Eight stages from the pool.
South Africa vs Zimbabwe World T20: South Africa 94/0 (Levi 50*, Amla 32*) beat Zimbabwe 93/8 (Ervine 37, Kallis 4-15) by 10 wickets

3rd Match, Group A: India vs Afghanistan ICC World Twenty20 2012

Afghanistan give India scare, but lose by 23 runs

Indian Cricket team Afghanistan Cricket team Mohammad Nabi scored a blistering 31 off just 17 balls which included two huge sixes and two fours, but Afghanistan lost wickets at regular intervals against India, and fell short of the 160 run target by 23 runs. After a steady start to their run chase, Afghanistan lost half their side for just 76 runs in 12.1 overs.

Earlier sent in to bat, Virat Kohli (50) and Suresh Raina (38) helped India post 159/5. Afghanistan put down four chances, reprieving Raina twice and Kohli.

India T20 Team: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan
Afghanistan T20 Team: Karim Sadiq, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad (Wicket Keeper), Nawroz Mangal (Captain), Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbodin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran
India 159/5 (Kohli 50, Raina 38, Shapoor 2-33) beat Afghanistan 136 (Nabi 31, Balaji 3-19, Yuvraj 3-24) by 23 runs

2nd Match, Group B: Australia vs Ireland ICC World Twenty20 2012

Shane Watson stars as Aussies thrash Ireland

Australian Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Outplayed by Shane Watson's superb all-round show (three for 26 and 51), Ireland struggled to 123/7 batting first, and Australia had no trouble making 125/3 in 15.1 overs on the back of a 60-run opening stand. When he reached 22 Warner became the first Australia to make 1000 Twenty20 international runs.
For Ireland, brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien put together a 52 run stand around the 15th over. It came after Ireland found themselves down 4-33 early. Ireland has won some impressive games in the last few years, defeating Pakistan in 2007 and then England in 2011 despite the squad being made up of travellers and part-time pros.
Australia vs Ireland World T20: Australia 125/3 in 15.1 ov (Watson 51) beat Ireland 123/7 (KJ O'Brien 35, Watson 3-26 ) by 7 wickets

1st Match, Group C: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe ICC World Twenty20 2012

Mendis takes 6 for 8 in 4 overs, help SL win by 82 runs

Sri Lanka Cricket team Zimbabwe Cricket team Ajantha Mendis finished with a magical figure of 4-2-6-8, best by any bolwer in T20 international, as Sri Lanka thrashed Zimbabwe by 82 runs in the opening match of World Twenty20 2012. Earlier, blistering knocks form Jeevan Mendis and Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka post 183, after being sent in to bat first at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota. Their fourth-wicket partnership of 94 allowed Sri Lanka to add 96 runs in the last eight overs.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe World T20: Sri Lanka 182/4 beat Zimbabwe 100 in 17.3 (Mendis 6-8) by 82 runs

World T20 2012 Warm-up Matches

India vs Pakistan at Colombo - Sep 17, 2012

Kamran Akmal's 92 win Pakistan the game

Indian Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team A scintillating knock of 92 off 50 balls by Kamran Akmal, with 6 sixes and 5 fours, on Monday helped Pakistan beat India by five wickets in their last warm-up match before the ICC World Twenty20 gets underway tomorrow. R Ashwin picked up four wickets, but India was outdone by the wicket-keeper batsman's brilliant assault.

Pakistan Team: Mohammad Hafeez , Shahid Afridi, Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Raza Hasan, Yasir Arafat
Indian team: MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, L Balaji
WT20 2012 warm-up match: Pakistan 186/5 (Akmal 92*, Ashwin 4-23) beat India 185/3 (Kohli 75*, RG Sharma 56) by 5 wkts

India vs Sri Lanka at Colombo - Sep 15, 2012

Irfan Pathan takes five in India's 26-run victory

Indian Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Irfan Pathan was the star of the match with figures of 5 for 25 in 4 overs as India beat Sri Lanka comfortably at Colombo in an ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match. Balaji took 3-28, while Zaheer and Harbhajan shared one wicket each. Dhoni top scored for India with 55 runs as they made 146/5 batting first. Yuvraj fell for a 12-ball 11, that included two fours.

India will meet Pakistan in Colombo on September 17, 2012.
WT20 2012 warm-up match: India 146/5 from 20 overs (MS Dhoni 55*, Rohit Sharma 37; Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 39) bt Sri Lanka 120 all-out in 19.3 overs (Kumar Sangakkara 32, Jeevan Mendis 26, Lahiru Thirimanne 24; Irfan Pathan 5 for 25, Lakshmipathy Balaji 3 for 28) by 26 runs

Final teams for Twenty20 World Cup 2012

Twenty20 squads

Final 15 members in each team

Afghanistan: Hamid Hassan Returns To Afghanistan World T20 Team
Australia: Allrounder Glenn Maxwell is the only uncapped member of the squad
Bangladesh: Pace-bowling allrounder Farhad Reza only surprise in Bangladesh Squad
England: Pietersen left out of England World T20 team
Ireland: Experienced 15-member Ireland squad for the ICC World Twenty20
India: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh in the Indian 15
New Zealand: Milne and Vettori in New Zealand World T20 team
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan Twenty20 captain
Sri Lanka: Dananjaya, Munaweera Named In Sri Lanka's WT20 Squad
South Africa: South Africa - Kallis to play World Twenty20
West Indies: Darren Bravo returns to West Indies World T20 team
Zimbabwe: Brian Vitori included in Zimbabwe squad

The 30-men Provisional squad for Twenty20 World Cup 2012

Twenty20 thirty

Squad to be trimmed to the final 15 members by August 18

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell In 30-Man Squad
South Africa: Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith in the 30-member provisional squad
Bangladesh: Seven Discarded Internationals And Six Uncapped Players In Bangladesh Squad
England: Kevin Pietersen left out, Ian Bell confident he can handle the challenge
Australia: Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson left out of Australian side
India: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh in the Indian 30
New Zealand: Ross Taylor named skipper for the tournament, Vettori included
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal Included, Misbah-ul-Haq dropped



Dananjaya, Munaweera named in Sri Lanka's WT20 squad

Mahela Jayawardene named captain

Ajantha Mendis back in Sri Lanka team

Sri Lanka Cricket team Two uncapped players Dilshan Munaweera and 18-year-old Akila Dananjaya, who has no first-class or List A experience, have been included in the final 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 2012. With a wide repertoire of deliveries, including a doosra similiar to Saeed Ajmal's, Dananjaya has been impressive in the ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL). Sri Lanka play their first warm-up ahead of the World T20 against West Indies on September 13. Their first game of the tournament is against Zimbabwe on September 18.

Team Sri Lanka for ICC World T20: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dhanajaya.


Hamid Hassan returns to Afghanistan World T20 team

In Group A, with India and England

Four players miss out from qualifiers

Afghanistan Cricket team New-ball bowler Hamid Hassan, nicknamed "Rambo of Afghanistan cricket", who had been out with a knee injury since January, has made a return to the Afghanistan squad for September's World Twenty20. Hassan took 12 wickets in Afghanistan's qualification for the World Twenty20 held in the West Indies in 2010 but has since struggled with fitness problems.

Team Afghanistan for ICC World T20: Nawroz Mangal (Captain), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbodin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Izatullah Dawlatzai, Karim Sadiq, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nasim Baras, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (Wicket Keeper), Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran.


Darren Bravo returns to West Indies World T20 team

Allrounder Andre Russell in final 15

Darren Sammy to captain, Dwayne Bravo deputy

West Indies Cricket team Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and Russell comprise the pace attack with Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy and Dwayne Smith also available to bowl medium-pace. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, opener Lendl Simmons and top-order batsman Johnson Charles also in the final 15.

Team West Indies for ICC World T20: Darren Sammy (Captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-capt), Samuel Badree, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket Keeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.


Pietersen left out of England World T20 team

Wright, Lumb recalled

Ravi Bopara in the final 15

England Cricket team Nottinghamshire opener Michael Lumb and Sussex allrounder Luke Wright, who were both part of the team that won the title in 2010, are in the 15-man squad along with Ravi Bopara. Man of the Tournament in the Caribbean when England won their first global trophy, Kevin Pietersen, was left out of England's squad.

Team England for ICC World T20: Stuart Broad (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.


Experienced 15-member Ireland squad for the ICC World Twenty20

John Mooney ruled out

In Group B with Australia and West Indies

Ireland Cricket team John Mooney, the man who hit the winning runs for Ireland against England in the 2011 World Cup, has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 due to a serious finger fracture. Uncapped 21-year-old allrounder Stuart Thompson is the only new face in the otherwise experienced 15-member Ireland squad led by William Porterfield.

Team Ireland for ICC World T20: William Porterfield (Captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.


Mohammad Hafeez to lead Pakistan

Shahid Afridi returns

In Group D with New Zealand and Bangladesh

Pakistan Cricket team Afridi who is recovering from a finger injury that kept him out of the T20Is against Australia will be travelling to Sri Lanka to play in the World Twenty20. Yasir Arafat, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir also in the team. Pakistan were runners-up in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, won the 2009 edition in England and were semi-finalists in West Indies in the 2010 event.

Team Pakistan for ICC World T20: Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir.


AB de Villiers to lead South Africa squad

Graeme Smith not picked

Jacques Kallis set to make Twenty20 international comeback

South Africa Cricket team Jacques Kallis will make a Twenty20 international comeback. He last played during South Africa's tour of the West Indies in the mid-2010s. AB de Villiers will lead the squad, while Graeme Smith who was picked in the 30 probables did not made the final 15.

Team South Africa for ICC World T20: AB de Villiers (Captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas.


Brian Vitori included in Zimbabwe squad

in Group C with South Africa and Sri Lanka

Richard Muzhange only new face

New Zealand Cricket team 21-year old Mid West Rhinos medium-pacer Richard Muzhange is the only new face in the 15-man Zimbabwe squad for the ICC World Twenty20 to be led by Brendan Taylor. Tests and ODI player and left-arm fast bowler Brian Vitori will play his first Twenty20 international.

Team Zimbabwe for ICC World T20: Brendan Taylor (Captain), Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Richard Muzhange, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya, Forster Mutizwa


Bangladesh squad for World T20

Team to tour Trinidad and Tobago

Pace-bowling allrounder Farhad Reza only surprise

Bangladesh Cricket team Pace-bowling allrounder Farhad Reza replaces Nazmul Hossain, and is the only change in an otherwise settled 15-member Bangladesh squad. Bangladesh will take on New Zealand on September 21 before meeting Pakistan on September 25.

Team Bangladesh for ICC World T20: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Farhad Reza, Abul Hasan.


Brad Hogg in Aussie World Twenty20 squad

Three-man spin contingent

Allrounder Glenn Maxwell is the only uncapped member of the squad

Australian Cricket team 41-year-old spinner Brad Hogg, who originally retired from international cricket four years ago, and offspinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell are in the final 15-member team heading for Sri Lanka. The Australian selectors named the same 15 men they chose for the T20s against Pakistan in the UAE.

Team Australia for ICC World T20: David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (Wicket Keeper), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (Captain), Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus.


Milne and Vettori in New Zealand World T20 team

Taylor to captain

No room for Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham, Daniel Flynn or Dean Brownlie

New Zealand Cricket team Daniel Vettori has been included in New Zealand's squad for the ICC World Twenty20 after being ruled out of the upcoming Test series in India. James Franklin and fast bowler Adam Milne has also been included in the final 15.

Team New Zealand for ICC World T20: Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (Captain), Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne.


Yuvraj back, Harbhajan gets a recall for World T20

Yuvraj declared fit to play by BCCI

India retain 8 cricketers from historic T20 triumph

Indian Cricket team Yuvraj Singh returned to the T20I squad after nine months and a battle with cancer. He has been picked in the squad for the T20 matches against the Kiwis on September 8 and September 11 and also for the T20 World Cup which begins in Sri Lanka on September 18. Harbhajan Singh who battled injury and bad form returned after a whole year. The T20 squad consists of eight players who were a part of India's historic T20 triumph in South Africa five years back.

Team India for ICC World T20: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh and Manoj Tiwary.


West Indies name Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell in 30-man squad

Seven spinners in the "Twenty20 Thrity"

Temperamental left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn also in the list

West Indies Cricket team Temperamental left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has been exiled from the senior squad for over a year following disciplinary problems during last year's World Cup in the Asian subcontinent, has been named in a provisional 30-man West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September. Benn is one of several spinners named in the provisional squad, along with fellow left-arm spinners Nikita Miller and Garey Mathurin; leg-spinners Bishoo and Samuel Badree and off-spinners Sunil Narine and Shane Shillingford. Eight Jamaicans, including left-handed opening batsman Chris Gayle, are also in the list.

West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Christopher Barnwell, Carlton Baugh Jr, Sulieman Benn, Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Shane Shillingford, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Devon Thomas.


No surprise inclusion or exclusion in the South African squad

CSA name 30 World T20 probables

Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith in the 30-member provisional squad

South Africa Cricket team Cricket SA on Thursday named its provisional squad of 30 players to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. Jacques Kallis, last featured as a regular member of South Africa's Twenty20 squad in 2010 during the tour of the West Indies, and Graeme Smith, who was axed from a three-match Twenty20 series in New Zealand in February, were both included in the list which also includes three wicketkeepers in AB de Villiers, Morne van Wyk and Dane Vilas.

South Africa Squad: AB de Villiers (Captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Morne van Wyk, Dane Vilas.


Seven discarded internationals and six uncapped players in Bangladesh Squad

All current national players in the 30

Fast bowler Rubel fails to make World Twenty20

Bangladesh Cricket team Bangladesh have excluded injured fast bowler Rubel Hossain from their preliminary squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. The 30-man party features six uncapped players in Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain and Alauddin Babu.

Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam, Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Alok Kapali, Shuvagata Hom, Mominul Haque, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Enamul Haque jrn, Elias Sunny, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Abul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Alauddin Babu.


Kevin Pietersen left out of provisional England World Twenty20 squad

Decision to skip national cricket in order to play Indian Premier League doomed Pietersen

Ian Bell confident he can handle challenge of replacing Pietersen

England Cricket team 32-year-old batsman Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's provisional, 30-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday. Pietersen, who was player of the tournament when England won the World T20 in the Caribbean in 2010, was reluctant to commit to the team's full schedule, hoping to play for the Indian Premier League. Under the terms of ECB central contracts, a player cannot be considered for one format of the limited-overs game unless they are available for both. He had quit one-day cricket last month.

England Squad: S Broad (Notts, capt), J Anderson (Lancs), J Bairstow (Yorks), G Batty (Surrey), I Bell (Warwicks), R Bopara (Essex), S Borthwick (Durham), T Bresnan (Yorks), D Briggs (Hants), J Buttler (Somerset), A Cook (Essex), S Croft (Lancs), S Davies (Surrey), J Dernbach (Surrey), S Finn (Middx), A Hales (Notts), C Kieswetter (Somerset), M Lumb (Notts), S Meaker (Surrey), E Morgan (Middx), G Onions (Durham), S Patel (Notts), M Prior (Sussex), J Root (Yorks), B Stokes (Durham), G Swann (Notts), J Taylor (Notts), J Tredwell (Kent), C Woakes (Warwicks), L Wright (Sussex)


Australia's World T20 provisional squad announced

Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson left out

Squad to be trimmed to the final 15 members by August 18

Australian Cricket team Dirk Nannes, who has not played for Australia in nearly two years, and the seamer Ben Laughlin were included in the 30 member squad announced by Australian selectors, along with Rob Quiney and right-arm finger-spinner Glenn Maxwell who have not played for Australia in any format, while Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson were left out.

Australia Squad: George Bailey, Travis Birt, Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Laughlin, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes, Stephen O'Keefe, Tim Paine, Rob Quiney, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.


Yuvraj Singh in India's World T20 provisional squad

Mandeep Singh and Ambati Rayudu the only uncapped players in the 30

Yuvraj's first official inclusion following his treatment for cancer

Indian Cricket team 30-year-old Yuvraj Singh, who has started training after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was on Wednesday named in the 30 probables for the T20 World Cup. The explosive all-rounder's last appearance for India was in a Test match against West Indies in Kolkata in November 2011, and his last one-day match was the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April that year. Yuvraj played a key role in India's 50-over World Cup triumph last year, scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in nine matches to be named the man of the tournament.

Seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, 32, who has been on the sidelines for a quite some time due to poor form, has also been included in the squad. Other notable inclusions include the uncapped Mandeep Singh and Ambati Rayudu, both of whom had an impressive Indian Premier League season five.

Indian Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, L. Balaji


New Zealand squad for Twenty20 World Cup

Former captain Daniel Vettori included in the 30

Ross Taylor named skipper for the tournament

New Zealand Cricket team Uncapped top order batsmen George Worker, a left-handed opener and left-arm spinner, and Auckland batsman Anaru Kitchen are the only new faces in a New Zealand cricket squad to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year. Former captain Daniel Vettori was included after coming out of his international T20 retirement earlier this year. Jesse Ryder who hasn't played for the Black Caps since February, was not considered. He was reprimanded by New Zealand Cricket for "breaching team protocols" for drinking while recovering from a minor injury following a loss to South Africa in Napier, after which he made himself unavailable for a NZC central contract.

New Zealand Squad: Ross Taylor (c), Michael Bates, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, George Worker.


Kamran Akmal included in Pakistan's World T20 provisional squad

Test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul-Haq left out

Preliminary list of 30 players for the World Twenty20 announced

Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, who is awaiting clearance by the Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee, has been selected in the provisional 30-member squad for the World T20 in Sri Lanka starting this September. Akmal has not been selected for Pakistan since the 2011 World Cup. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has dropped test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and opening batsman Imran Nazir, who both have not played international cricket for a while, are also on the list.

Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir, Shahzaib Hasan, Awais Zia, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Rameez Raja, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Raza Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal, Shakeel Ansar.

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