England announced a huge shock selection this morning with the selection of Liam Dawson to participate in this year's World T20. They also confirmed there would be no return for maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has been in outstanding form this winter in the Australian Big Bash.
In another high-profile casualty, Chris Woakes missed out on a position in the squad. There was no return for Stuart Broad either and Steve Parry missed out after being selected for the Pakistan T20 series.
England will face South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in their group along with the qualifier from Group B.
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Mahela Jayawardene has been confirmed as a batting consultant for the tournament with former England all-rounder, Paul Collingwood, also set to take on a coaching role.
Dawson's call up is a shock and was not considered a likely candidate for the World T20.
On the back of impressive performances for England Lions against Pakistan A, Dawson will now likely be added to England's squad for the South African T20 series.
Meanwhile, Woakes has the right to feel aggrieved after some decent performances for England in white ball cricket over the last year.
Elsewhere, West Indies have threatened a walk out from the World T20 due to a lack of pay for their services. Captain, Darren Sammy, sent a letter to the West Indies Cricket Board complaining about the lack of pay in comparison to recent World tournaments.
This would not be the first walk out by this West Indies side after departing a tour of India in recent years. In the meantime, they have also named a power-packed squad with high-profile names Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard included.
England Squad in full: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey
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