CRICKET Australia has asked the International Cricket Council not to reveal its squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in June in England and Wales. A list of 30 players must be submitted 60 days before the start of the tournament on 6 June, and then trimmed to 15 men in early May.
The request for secrecy is an unusual step, and has led to some in the UK media questioning the reasons behind the decision.
The Guardian suggests the move “reinforces the impression of an organisation, or at least a selection panel, in a state of confusion, paranoia or both”.
Pakistan has already submitted and named their 30 man squad and England is due to announce its list later this week.
The ICC Champions Trophy will take place on 6 to 23 June at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Oval and Edgbaston. The contest features the eight best one-day-international teams and has been played every two to three years since its inception in 1998.
The reigning champions, Australia, will play the hosts, England, on Saturday 8 June at Edgbaston in the opening fixture for Group A. The other group members are New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Group B teams are India, South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies.
Ricky Ponting captained Australia to victory over New Zealand in the last tournament in 2009 in South Africa. Australia also won the previous contest, beating the West Indies in 2006 in India.