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April 1, 2013
Cricket Australia will not disclose its list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy in England this June, breaking the norm followed by all countries ahead of ICC tournaments. It is understood that CA approached the ICC for clarification over the rules about squad announcement and then requested that the 30-man squad, which will be pruned to 15 in a month's time, not be made public.
"Custom and practice is that countries announce their provisional squads 60 days before the first ball is scheduled to be bowled in the tournament," an ICC spokesperson said. "But this isn't compulsory."
Pakistan have already released their list of 30 probables, and other countries are expected to do so by the end of the week. Australia have been grouped with England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and play their first game on June 8, against the hosts.
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