With just seven weeks to go before the first ball is bowled in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2012, all the 16 sides have submitted their provisional squads, with Australia naming fast bowler Pat Cummins and West Indies including opener Kraigg Brathwaite in its line-ups.
The ninth edition of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup will take place in Queensland, Australia, from 11-26 August with Australia defending the title it won after defeating Pakistan by 25 runs in the final of the previous event in Lincoln, New Zealand, in 2010.
Cummins, the 19-year-old from New South Wales, took seven wickets in his debut Test against South Africa in Johannesburg last year, and played in three ODIs on the same tour, which Australia won 2-1. He is currently ranked 64th and 222nd in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test and ODI bowlers, respectively.
Right-handed Brathwaite most recently represented the West Indies in the home series against Australia in April. He has so far played in nine Tests after making his debut against Pakistan last year and is currently ranked 94th in the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for Test batsmen.
Apart from Cummins' and Brathwaite's inclusions in the provisional squads, which will certainly spice up the event billed as a finishing school for future stars, Namibia and New Zealand have confirmed their 15-man squads, while England, Ireland and Scotland have named their captains for the tournament.
England, which won the second edition of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Owais Shah in 1998 in South Africa, will be led by middle-order batsman Adam Ball, who has thus far played nine first-class matches for English county side Kent.
Left-arm spinner George Dockrell will make his second successive appearance in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup and will be leading Ireland. Dockrell also showed his talent, prowess and potential in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which was staged in the subcontinent, is best remembered for claiming the wicket of India's Sachin Tendulkar. He has thus far represented Ireland in 28 ODIs taking 35 wickets, apart from featuring in 18 first-class matches.
Scotland has named right-handed batsman and fast bowler Paddy Sadler as its captain.
New Zealand has announced its 15-player side for the event, which will be led by right-handed batsman Will Young. Young made his first-class debut for New Zealand's state side Central Districts in March this year and has so far played in four first-class matches. New Zealand reached the final of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 1998, where it lost to England by seven wickets.
Namibia has also announced its 15-player line-up which will be led by South Africa-born right-handed batsman Steve Baard.
The provisional squads also include Meyrick Buchanan, son of former Australia coach and current Director of Cricket with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) John Buchanan, and Usman Qadir son of Pakistan's iconic spinner Abdul Qadir.
Afghanistan's provisional squad includes Shabir Noori and Aftab Alam, who have played ODIs, while Bangladesh's Mohammad Anamul Haque is currently in Zimbabwe for an unofficial Twenty20 triangular series and can potentially make a T20 International debut against Ireland in Ireland next month.
India has named nine players in the 30-man squad who have played first-class cricket. They are Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Akhil Herwadkar, Kumar Deobrat, Aparajith Baba, Sandeep Sharma, Ravi Singh, Vikas Mishra and Chirag Khurana.
In ICC events, participating teams are expected to submit their provisional squads 60 days prior to the start of the tournament, while the teams are expected to name their final 15-member squads 30 days before the first match. As such, all 16 sides are expected to announce their final line-ups by 11 July.
Players from 10 Full Member countries born on or after 1 September 1992 are eligible to participate in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2012, while the eligibility criteria for the six Associate and Affiliate Members is 1 September 1991.
Afghanistan - A.Rashid Naseri, Abdul Mangal, Afsar Zazai, Aftab Alam, Fareed Malik, Fitratullah Khawari, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Ahmadzai, Mohammad Baras, Mohibullah Oryakhel, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Ahmadzai, Noorulhaq Malekzai, S.Ahmad Shirzad, Shabir Noori, Sharafuddin Kharote, Shawkat Zaman, Younis Ahmadzai and Ziaulhaq Eisakhel.
Australia - Ashton Agar, Cameron Ancroft, Tom Andrews, William Bosisto, Joel Britnall-Paris, Meyrick Buchanan, Shane Cassel, Harry Conway, Patrick Cummins, Jake Doran, Matthew Foster, Sebastian Gotch, Alexander Gregory, Sam Hain, Travis Head, Joel Logan, Joshua McClelland, Kelvin Mith, Kurtis Patterson, James Peirson, Samuel Ruloff, Gurinder Sandhu, Billy Tanlake, Mark Teketee, Nicholas Tevens, Ashton Urner, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willcocks, Nicholas Winter and Alexander Yecroft.
Bangladesh – Abu Hider, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Asif Ahmed, Aslam Hossain, Dewan Shabbir Ahmed, Faizur Rahman, Jubair Hossain, Litton Kumer Das, Mohammad Ala Amin, Mohammad Anamul Haque, Mohammad Arif Reza, Mohammad Ashik-Ul Alam, Mohammad Asif Hasan, Mohammad Jasim Uddin, Mohammad Nayem Islam, Mohammad Nur Hossain, Mohammad Nurujjaman, Mohammad Salman Hossain, Mohammad Shadman Islam, Mohammad Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Touhid Tarik Khan, Mohammad Zahed Javed, Mohammad Zakaria Masud, Musaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Quazi Nurul Hasan, Shahariar Islam, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed and Yasir Ali Chowdhury.
England - Thomas Abell, Shozair Ali, Adam Ball, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Muhammad Abid, Ben Collins, Alexander Davies, Christian Davis, Ben Duckett, Benjamin Foakes, Jacob George, Gavin Griffiths, Thomas Helm, Brett Hutton, Callum Jackson, Aneesh Kapil, Samuel Kelsall, Thomas Knight, Jack Leaning, Thomas Milnes, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Thomas Rowe, Andrew Salter, Ramanpreet Singh, Oliver Stone, Shivsinh Thakor, Reece Topley, Kishen Velani and Samuel Wood.
India - Aparajith Baba, Indrajith Baba, Harmeet Baddhan, Unmukt Chand, Prashant Chopra, Sandipan Das, Kumar Deobrat, Hanuma Gade, Nikhil Gangta, Akarshit Gomel, Akhil Herwadkar, Mayank Jain, Rush Kalaria, Chirag Khurana, Vikas Mishra, Aksh Nath, Kamal Passi, Akshar Patel, Smit Patel, Alok Pratap Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Moshin Sayyad, Sandeep Sharma, Shubham Sharma, Gopal Shreyas, Ravi Singh, Sanju Vishwanadh, Manan Vohra, Kuldeep Yadav and Vijay Zol.
Ireland - George Adair, Mark Adair, David Barr, Richard Berry, Scott Campbell, Peter Chase, Adam Coughlan, George Dockrell, Robert Forrest, Shane Getkate, Joshua Hall, Niall Hodgins, Ryan Hunter, Tyrone Kane, Hugh MacDonnell, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Jordan McClurkin, James McCollum, George McKinley, Tomas Murphy, Sam Shannon, Alistair Shields, Patrick Tice, Jason van der Merwe and Ben Wylie.
Namibia (final squad) – Justin Baard, Steven Baard (captain), Luke Bolton, Jano Coetzee, Christopher Coombe, Jason Davidson, MP Delport, Andre Engelbrecht, Gerhard Erasmus, Zhivago Groenewald, Malan Kruger, Pelham Myburgh, Xander Pitchers, Wian Van Vuuren and Bredell Wessels.
Nepal - Pradeep Airee, Prajesh Bahadur Singh, Prithu Baskota, Naresh Budhaayer, Surendra Chand, Bivek Dali, Bijay Ghalan, Ramnaresh Giri, Mahamad Hasim Ansari, Abhishekh Jha, Sushil Kandel, Bhuban Karki, Krishna Karki, Avinash Karn, Saurabh Khanal, Jitendra Kumar Mukhiya, Gopal Kumar Singh, Shiva Kumar Tandukar, Rahul Kumar Vishwakarma, Binod Lama, Siddhanta Lohani, Rajesh Magar, Nischal Pandey, Shubhendu Pandey, Subash Prasad Khakurel, Sagar Pun, Fajlur Rahman, Jata Shankar Sarraf, Pawan Shrestha and Rupesh Shrivastav.
New Zealand (final squad) – Joe Carter, Sean Davey, Michael Davidson, Jacob Duffy, Cameron Fletcher, Ben Horne, Connor Neynens, Edward Nuttall, Robert O'Donnell, Matthew Quinn, Ish Sodhi, Theo van Woerkom, Henry Walsh, Will Young (capt) and Arnie Yugaraja.
Pakistan - Abid Hussain, Ahsan Ali, Akhtar Waheed Kayani, Azizullah, Danyal Mansoor, Ehsan Adil, Faisal Tahir, Fawad Khan, Hafiz Usman Qadir, Imam-ul-Haq, Jaahid Shaukat Ali, Mir Darya Khan Talpur, Mir Hamza, Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Babar Azam, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhamamd Nisar Afridi, Muhammad Shahan Akram, Muhammad Waheed, Muhammad Zia ul Haq, Salman Afridi, Sami Aslam, Shahid Ilyas, Syed Faraz Ali, Syed Saad Ali,Umar Waheed, Usman Shinwari, Yousaf Iqbal and Zafar Gohar.
Papua New Guinea - Charles Amini, Bau Aniani, Dogodo Bau, Sese Bau, Nigel Boge, Bobby Diho, Kiplin Doriga, Ainui Ere, John Gari, Albert Geita, Raymond Haoda, Morris Joe, Allan Joseph, Christopher Kent, Cedric Kini, Raturima Maha, Kabua Morea, Alei Nao, Lista Oala, Vagi Oala, Nosaina Pokana, Mea Ruma, Raho Sam, Sam Seia, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Toua Tom, Norman Vanua, Ga vera Agalu and Tom Willie.
Scotland - Aman Bailwal, Alexander Baum, Fraser Boyd, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Henry Edwards, Nicholas Farrar, Peter Legget, Anjandeep Luthra, Thomas McBride, Scott McElnea, Ross McLean, Gavin Main, Alexander Muir, Muhammad Omar Afridi, Samuel Page, Peter Ross, Patrick Sadler, Stanley Shillington, Kyle Smith, Neil Smith, Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Umeed.
South Africa - Chad Bowes, James Bredenkamp, Mkhululi Calana, Gihahn Cloete, Murray Coetzee, Gideon Conradie, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Corne Dry, Grant Edmeades, Rabian Engelbrecht, Michael Faasen, Clyde Fortuin, Jan Frylink, Craig Kirsten, Vincent Moore, Travis Muller, Senuran Muthusamy, Lesiba Ngoepe, Sinesipho Nqweni, Keagan Petersen, Shaylen Pillay, David Rhoda, Diego Rosier, Sumnath Sankari, Calvin Savage, Prenelan Subrayen, Johan van Wyngaardt, Regardt Verster and Lizaad Williams.
Sri Lanka - Amila Aponso, Dilshan Danushka, Sanitha De Mel, Gowraw Deva, Akila Dhanajaya, Nirosha Dickwella, Anuk Fernando, Shehan Fernando, Anjelo Jayasingha, Akila Jayasundara, Supeksha Jayatilleke, P.H.T Kawshalya, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi, Pasindu Madushan, Lahiru Madushanka, Supun Madushanka, Thineth Manishka, Lahiru Milantha, Chamod Pathirana, Sachin Peiris, Jason Perera, Suranga Rajaguru, Ishan Rangana, Sanjeewa Salgado, Manoj Sarathchandra, Pulina Tharanaga, Duleeka Tissakeethage, Kasun Vidura, Pabasara Waduge and Sandun Weerakkody.
West Indies - Anthony Alleyne, Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Derone Davis, Larry Edward, Bryan Gayle, Justin Greaves, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Kavem Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Jerome Jones, Keiron Joseph, Steven Katwaroo, Amir Khan, Emanuel Lett, Kyle Mayers, Marquino Mindley and Donovan Nelson.
Zimbabwe - Deven Bell, Matthew Bentley, Kyle Bowie, James Bruce, Ryan Burl, Herbert Chikomba, Atishsinh Chouhan, Kieran Geyle, Shoun Handirisi, Warwick Hattingh, Dex Hobbs, Luke Jongwe, Hieronymo Kabvundura, Kevin Kasuza, Malcolm Lake, Campbell Light, Alistair Macleod, Vuyisile Maphala, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Masasire, Nyasha Mayavo, Odicious Mhanje, Michael Mlambo, Tarisai Musakanda, Curthbert Musoko, Liberty Nherera, Andre Odendaal, Michael Torr, Rhett Wallbridge and Peacemore Zimwa.