Development squad to come under Fletcher~~s control

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is all set to announce a 25-member development squad that will be under the direct control of the England coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday.

The squad will in all propability include the 12 players who already have 12-month central contracts, with the remaining places being taken by the One-day players, fringe candidates for the Test team and the Academy players who toured UAE and Sri Lanka last winter.

As the size of the squad allows them to include most players who are in contention for an international call-up, the selectors are unlikely to spring too many surprises.

The stars of the Academy tour - Matt Prior and Ian Bell - are certain to be included, with the successful pace bowlers from the trip - Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis and David Harrison - also set for selection.

With Prior a certainty for the squad, following his impressive efforts in Sri Lanka and strong start to the domestic season, there will be further disappointment for Chris Read, as it is unlikely that three wicketkeepers will make the squad.

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