Collingwood to lead England in Twenty20 World Cup

May 1st, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 1 (IANS) After he resigned as the England captain nine months ago, Paul Collingwood has been again given the charge to lead the team in the Twenty20 World Cup.
The 32-year-old, who has a contract with Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, admitted the temporary nature of the job persuaded him to resume the captaincy.

“At the time I said I would take a lot of persuading to do the job again. That was captaining full time. This is an opportunity where I will be captaining for three weeks in a World Cup and that kind of opportunity doesn’t come around every day,” Collingwood was quoted as saying in The Times, London.

The 15-man squad also has uncapped Graham Napier and Eoin Morgan, while Rob Key and James Foster have earned a recall. Andrew Flintoff has been included but the selectors will wait to see if he can regain full fitness after surgery of his right knee.

Collingwood added: “A lot of things have happened since then - Andy Flower has been given the job permanently and I am excited at the opportunity to work with him.”

“I thought long and hard about it and the last thing I wanted to do was affect other parts of my game such as Test cricket - I don’t think it will do so given it’s just a three-week period.”

“The captaincy is always a difficult decision but we felt that was the right one,” said Geoff Miller, the national selector.

“We thought long and hard about it and in the end we came up with Paul Collingwood, and I’m sure we’ve got that right.”

England will face Holland in the opening match of the tournament at Lord’s, June 5. The final will be held at Lord’s on June 21.

England squad: Paul Collingwood (captain), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster (wkt), Robert Key, Dimitry Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann and Luke Wright.

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