T20 World Cup 2022: Final Squads of all teams participating in the mega-event
Indian Team (Source: Twitter)
The eighth edition of the high-profile ICC T20 World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in Australia, will happen from 16th October to 13th November.
With the eyes set on the trophy, all the 16 teams divided into Qualifier and Super 12 round had announced their squad for the mega-event. However, some players have been replaced either due to injuries or poor form. Let's sneak peek into the squads of all the teams involved in the tournament:
After some considerable performances in the 2021 edition of the event, the Namibian side will be keen to prove their worth once again when they take the centre stage with an experienced squad with the likes of skipper Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese and JJ Smit.
Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (c), JJ Smit, Divan la Cock, Stephan Baard, Lungameni, Michael van Lingen, Ben Shikongo, Karl Birkenstock, Lohan Louwrens, Helao Ya France, Nicol Loftie Eaton, Jan Frylinck, David Wiese, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni.
With Roelof van der Merwe and Colin Ackermann making a comeback to the already polished squad, the Netherlands are a serious competitor in the next month's event. Led by Scott Edwards, the side boasts of a heavy bowling line-up too.
Squad: Scott Edwards (c), Colin Ackermann, Shariz Ahmad, Roelof van der Merwe, Stephan Myburgh, Teja Nidamanuru, Max O’Dowd, Tim Pringle, Vikram Singh Logan van Beek, Tom Cooper, Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Bas de Leede, Paul van Meekeren.
The Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka who dominated big sides like India and Pakistan, will be sweating over the fitnesses of Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, with both of them proving to be a significant threat to other teams. Also, former skipper Dinesh Chandimal has only made it to the standby list.
Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara (subject to fitness), Dilshan Madushanka, Pramod Madushan, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera (subject to fitness), Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Standby Players: Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Binura Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando.
United Arab Emirates
A big shock to the UAE fans was the absence of their senior pro Rohan Mustafa from the final squad, who, despite being their mainstay, was dropped after some mediocre performances.
Squad: C P Rizwaan (c), Vriitya Aravind, Chirag Suri, Sabir Ali, Alishan Sharafu, Aayan Khan, Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Aryan Lakra, Zawar Farid, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique.
Standby Players: Sultan Ahmed, Fahad Nawaz, Vishnu Sukumaran, Adithya Shetty, Sanchit Sharma.
The European side will be confident moving into the World Cup when they will be led- by Andrew Balbirnie, with some high-quality, consistent performers in the side, namely Paul Stirling, George Dockrell and Mark Adair. Craig Young was ruled out and replaced by Graham Hume.
Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Graham Hume, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling.
The Scottish Nation will be highly dependent on skipper Richie Berrington, who has been in great form lately along with Bradley Wheal and Josh Davey in the bowling department. Furthermore, Ali Evans and Gavin Main would be feeling hard not to be picked up in the squad.
Squad: Richard Berrington (c), George Munsey, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Brandon McMullen, Michael Jones, Craig Wallace, Bradley Wheal, Chris Sole, Chris Greaves, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir.
The axing of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine from the Caribbean squad has been the most significant news so far. While Russell was dropped, Narine did not wish to be picked up in the fifteen. However, Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles did make a surprise comeback in the two-time champions' squad. Shimron Hetmyer missed his re-scheduled flight, and as result was dropped and replaced by Shamarh Brooks.
Squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.
Regular skipper Craig Ervine returns to the fold after an injury hiatus along with Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza and Milton Shumba. However, their side will rely heavily on the class of Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl to take them to the next round.
Squad: Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive Madande, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza.
Standby Players: Tanaka Chivanga, Innocent Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi.
After a heart-wrenching defeat in the recently concluded Asia Cup, the Afghan Nation will be keen to put the opposition under pressure with their world-class spin threat. Captain Mohammad Nabi will again be at the helm of things with the experienced Rashid Khan and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Darwish Rasooli also makes a comeback after recovering from a finger injury.
Squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Saleem Safi, Usman Ghani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad.
Standby Players: Afsar Zazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib.
Australian Cricket Team (Source: Twitter)
The defending champions will have an additional advantage of hosting the World Cup this time around. The inclusion of big-hitter Tim David made the headlines as the lone change who replaced Mitchell Swepson from the World Cup winning squad.
Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade.
Dropped after his poor form, Jason Roy was replaced by Phil Salt at the top. Newly appointed skipper Jos Buttler will take over the captainship duties for the first time in an ICC event. Jonny Bairstow was also a part of the squad until a 'freak' injury ruled him out, marking the return of Alex Hales into the English setup after three long years.
Squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes.
Standby Players: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills.
Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham have still made it to the squad despite declining New Zealand Cricket central contract. All three of Lockie Ferguson, Michael Bracewell and Finn Allen find a place in the final team that will depart to Australia, replacing Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle and Tim Seifert from the previous edition.
Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman.
The big drop from Tiger's squad is the former skipper and all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who has been performing poorly in the format for some time. On the other hand, veteran Shakib Al Hasan retains his place as skipper, whereas Mushfiqur Rahim won't be taking part after retiring from the format. In a last minute change, Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam replace Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin, after keeping conditions in mind.
Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Shoriful Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Najmul Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Litton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Hasan Mahmud.
Standby Players: Sabbir Rahman, Sheikh Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Saifuddin.
Despite being the favourites in every ICC event, India haven't lived up to their expectations. After a disaster in the previous edition, the Men in Blue would be keen to give a glimpse of their firepower. However, with Ravindra Jadeja ruled out due to injury along with Jasprit Bumrah, the Rohit Sharma-led side might feel the heat if their mainstays miss out. Jasprit Bumrah's back injury meant, in his place, Mohammad Shami would be India's strike bowler.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Standby Players: Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Shardul Thakur.
The return of Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a big boost to Men in Green, who missed the services of the spearhead in the Asia Cup. Fakhar Zaman, after a disappointing run of form, has been omitted from the 2009 champions' squad. Shan Masood, however, has made a comeback on the back of excellent domestic performances. Fakhar Zaman was brought in place of Usman Qadir to improve their batting strength.
Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Muhammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Standby Players: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.
Rassie van der Dussen has been left out as a result of his finger injury, which might keep him out of action for quite some time. Rilee Rossouw made a return to the squad and will be seen in action in the mega-event. Dwaine Pretorius was replaced by Marco Jansen after the injury he suffered against India.
Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw.
Standby Players: Bjorn Fortuin, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo.