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18th January 2010

England name squads for UAE and Bangladesh

The selectors have opted to rest Andrew Strauss from the tour and he will be replaced as Test and One-Day captain by the current vice-captain Alastair Cook. Paul Collingwood will lead the side in the two T20 Internationals against Pakistan in UAE which precede the tour of Bangladesh.

James Anderson has also been rested from the tour in order to undergo a specialist review and a programme of rehabilitation for his chronic right knee injury. It is anticipated that following the rehabilitation period, he will be fully fit and available for selection for the World T20 tournament in the West Indies in late April.

Two uncapped players, the Yorkshire pace bowler Ajmal Shahzad and the Kent off-spinner James Tredwell, have won places in both squads while another uncapped player Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry has been included in the Test squad.

National Selector Geoff Miller said: “Andrew Strauss has provided outstanding leadership for the team in both forms of the game over the past 12 months and the selectors feel it is important that he takes a break ahead of an extremely busy programme of international cricket leading up to and including the Ashes series in Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.

“Our decision to appoint Alastair Cook to the Test vice captaincy last year clearly demonstrated the belief that he has the potential to be a future England captain. Alastair will now have an opportunity to develop his leadership skills still further by leading the side in both forms of cricket in Bangladesh and I know that he is excited by the challenge and looking forward to working closely with Andy Flower.

“Paul Collingwood had an excellent tour of South Africa in all forms of cricket and he will continue to lead the side in the T20 format with the two T20 Internationals against the current World champions Pakistan providing excellent preparation for us ahead of the World T20 in the Caribbean.

“We are delighted to welcome Ajmal Shahzad to both squads for the first time. He enjoyed an excellent season with Yorkshire last year, made a strong impression while he was in South Africa with the EPP squad and is a bowler with the potential to make a real impact in international cricket. 

“James Tredwell and Michael Carberry have also continued to impress the selectors over the course of the winter and we expect both players to make a strong challenge for inclusion in our starting line-up on the forthcoming tour. “

1. Alastair Cook (captain) (Essex)
2. Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
3. Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
4. Paul Collingwood (Durham)
5. Joe Denly (Kent)
6. Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
7. Matthew Prior (Sussex)
8. Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
9. Liam Plunkett (Durham)
10. Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
11. Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
12. Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
13. James Tredwell (Kent)
14. Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
15 Luke Wright (Sussex)

1. Alastair Cook (captain)  (Essex)
2. Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
3. Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
4. Michael Carberry (Hampshire)
5. Paul Collingwood (Durham)
6. Steven Davies (Surrey)
7. Graham Onions (Durham)
8. Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
9. Liam Plunkett (Durham)
10. Matthew Prior (Sussex)
11. Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
12. Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
13. Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
14. James Tredwell (Kent)
15. Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire
16. Luke Wright (Sussex)

14 February – Teams arrive Dubai
15-16 February – Teams practice DSC
17 February – Pakistan A v Pakistan T20; England v England Lions T20 Abu Dhabi
18 February – Teams practice Dubai International Cricket Stadium
19 February – 1st T20 (evening) Dubai International Cricket Stadium
20 February – 2nd T20 (evening) Dubai International Cricket Stadium
21 February – England depart for Bangladesh 

21 February – Team arrives in Banglasdesh
23 February – 1 day Warm up Match vs. BCB XI NOS
25 February –  1 day Warm up Match vs. BCB XI NOS
28 February – 1st ODI Bangladesh vs. England SBNCS
02 March –  2nd ODI Bangladesh vs. England  SBNCS
05 March – 3rd  ODI Bangladesh vs. England JACSC
07 March –  3 Day Warm Up Vs. Bangladesh “A” Team MA AZIZ
12 March – Bangladesh vs. England  1st Test (Day-1) JACSC
20 March – Bangladesh vs. England 2nd Test (Day-1) SBNCS

SBNCS : Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
JACSC: Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
NOS : Narayangonj Osmani Stadium, Narayangonj.