Cricket Australia has successfully sought permission from the International Cricket Council to keep secret its list of 30 players in contention to play in June's Champions Trophy, bucking a dominant worldwide trend of disclosure.
Before every major ICC tournament – World Cup, World Twenty20, Champions Trophy – participating nations must submit a preliminary squad of 30 two months beforehand, and then trim that squad to 15 a month beforehand.
With the Champions Trophy, an eight-nation 50-over tournament to be held in England, the squads are due to be submitted to the ICC by the weekend. CA will comply with that ruling, but with an agreement from the ICC's operations division that the list will not be disclosed.
Pakistan has already released its list of 30. Other participants are expected to do so by the end of the week.
CA has disclosed its preliminary squad for every tournament in the past 17 years, most recently for the men in last year's World Twenty20 and for the women in this year's World Cup. The last time CA submitted its preliminary list privately but without public disclosure was in late 1995, before the 1996 World Cup.
CA's rationale in cutting back in the level of information given to media and its supporters is that its heavily scrutinised selectors already have a firm idea of their final squad, meaning many in the squad of 30 would not be a realistic chance of selection anyway. It also believes the composition of recent one-day squads for the national team and Australia A should give an indication of which players are in contention, as should the announcement of the 2013-14 contract list within the next week or so.