Injury-forced withdrawals, surprise call-ups and potential swan songs – the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup will see a mix of familiar icons and new faces line up for the 10 teams competing in the One-Day International ( ODI) the biggest prize in cricket.
Eight of these 10 countries have announced their 15-man squads and traveling reserves as they head to India for the tournament, which starts on October 5.
Here are all the squads mentioned so far:
Afghanistan will make its third consecutive World Cup appearance with some familiar faces. Some of them have been part of the squad since the team’s tournament debut in 2015.
Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil, Riaz Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Rehmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad and Mujeeb ur-Rahman.
World Cup-bound Afghan Atalan squad
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 13, 2023
The record five-time winners have banked on experience as they aim to win their second World Cup in the subcontinent.
Squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner and Adam Zampa.
Harry Brook found a place in the squad for India after being left out of the provisional list, meaning veteran batsman and one of England’s stars in their 2019 title win missed out on Jason Roy.
Star all-rounder and Test captain Ben Stokes also returns after reversing his decision to retire from ODIs.
England squad: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes .
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— English cricket (@englandcricket) September 17, 2023
Newly crowned Asian champions India will rely on their big names including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya to make the most of the home conditions.
Some forced changes could be made to the provisional squad at the last minute due to Axar Patel’s left arm injury, with Ravichandran Ashwin expected to replace him.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 5, 2023
The Dutch have recalled experienced duo Roelof van der Merwe and Colin Ackermann despite being dropped from this year’s tournament qualifiers.
Left-arm pacer Fred Klaassen and spinner Tim Pringle were missing, although the latter could step in as an injury replacement.
Selection: Scott Edwards (captain), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar , Shariz Ahmad and Sybrand Engelbrecht.
New Zealand won over cricket fans before the tournament even got underway with their heartwarming squad announcement this month in a video featuring the players’ family members, which was posted on the team’s social media accounts.
Captain Kane Williamson will lead the side after his return from injury.
Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Will Young.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 11, 2023
Pakistani fans suffered a crushing blow last week when right-arm pacer Naseem Shah suffered a shoulder injury during the Asia Cup match against India. He was subsequently left out of the 15-man squad and Hassan Ali was named as his replacement.
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Wasim.
Pakistan announces squad for World Cup campaign
— Pakistani cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 22, 2023
South Africa have made two changes to the squad they announced earlier this month, with pacers Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams replacing Sisanda Magala and Anrich Nortje.
Former captain Quinton de Kock announced the tournament as his last in the ODI format, having already retired from Test cricket.
Selection: Temba Bavuma (captain), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Lizaad Williams, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi and Rassie van van Dussen.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have not yet announced their squads.