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I often see the cricket team squads for a tournament/series contain 15 players. From those 15, playing eleven would be sorted for each match.

But, for the India's tour of South Africa 2013, Indian team has 16 players in ODI squad and 17 players for test matches.

I would like to know,

Is there any limitations for the team sqaud count for international cricket match series?
(ie, maximum/minimum count).

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Good question. I think the squad size is decided by mutual agreement between the two boards. I vaguely recall during India's tour to WI in 1997, when Sachin was the captain, they initially had 16 players, but then he requested the BCCI to send an additional player when someone was sick, and then the BCCI took WICB's approval and then sent the 17th player. Didn't find any official source though. For ICC events like World Cup, this is obviously decided by the ICC. – Masked Man Dec 1 '13 at 15:12
@Happy, after fixing a squad, if a team needs an another player(as in your pointed example), then there is a need of mutual agreement between two cricket board. Is there any fixed squad size for a team while selecting the players for the series? – Sports Fan Dec 2 '13 at 9:59
I am guessing that's also by mutual agreement. Another possibility is if the squad consists of upto 16 members, they don't bother on an explicit agreement, but if they need more than 16, then an agreement is required. For instance, if a visiting team comes with only 14 players, the home board wouldn't probably be bothered. – Masked Man Dec 2 '13 at 14:51

According to the official ICC Squad Registration Form, there can be a maximum of 18 players in an squad in both Men's and Women's Cricket.

ICC Squad Registration Form - Men's Cricket

ICC Squad Registration Form - Women's Cricket

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Just because the registration form has 18 spots on it doesn't necessarily mean that the rules forbid more than 18 players, does it? – Ben Miller Mar 19 '14 at 20:13
@BenMiller Yes, you are correct but that's the only official information available in this regard. – Animesh Mar 20 '14 at 14:25

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