NZ to wait until 3rd One-dayer, to ignore deadline

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 20:49 [IST]
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Auckland: New Zealand cricket officials on Tuesday said they would fail to meet the deadline for naming World Cup squads but expected no repercussions from the sport's governing body.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a deadline of midnight on December 31 (0530 hrs IST on January 1) in England, for the announcement of the 14 teams which will compete at the World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The deadline passes in New Zealand at 1 pm on January 1, an hour before New Zealand begins the third of seven One-day Internationals against India. New Zealand officials said their squad would be finalised and a team list sent to the ICC after that match. Sri Lanka, India, England, Australia, the West Indies and South Africa have already named their 15-man squads after India had earlier missed a deadline for naming the 30 players from which their team is drawn. New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden said he expected no problems from the ICC over the late naming of the squad because January 1 was a public holiday in New Zealand.

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