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    Pakistan U19s to tour Sri Lanka for two four-dayers and three 50-over matches

    Pakistan U19 to tour Sri Lanka for two four-dayers and three 50-over matches

    • Zakir Khan: “It is a stepping-stone for future stars and the PCB is committed to investing and providing our talented teenagers as much experience and exposure as possible at this level”

    • 26 probables to feature in two trial matches at the National Stadium, squad to be announced on 15 April

    Lahore, 9 April 2019:

    Pakistan’s preparations for reclaiming the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will kick-start next month when they will play two four-day and three 50-over matches against Sri Lanka in Galle and Hambantota, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced today.

    The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 will be played in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February 2020, and Pakistan will aim to annex the trophy for the first time since 2006 when national captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had lifted the silverware in Colombo after defeating India in a low-scoring thriller.

    Pakistan also won the title in Bangladesh in 2004, finished second in Australia (1998 and 2010) and the United Arab Emirates (2014), while they claimed third positions in Malaysia and New Zealand in 2008 and 2018, respectively.

    The three-week Sri Lanka tour will comprise two four-day matches from 3-6 May and 9-12 May in Galle and Hambantota, respectively, while the 50-over fixtures will be played on 15, 17 and 20 May.

    In this regard, the Junior Selection Committee, headed by former Test batsman Basit Ali, has announced 26 probables (born on or after 1 September 2000) who will feature in a three-day trial match from 11-13 April and a one-day trial match on 15 May at the National Stadium, before the 15-player squad along with five reserves are announced.

    PCB Director – International, Zakir Khan, said: “Junior cricket is the supply-line for our national team. It is a stepping-stone for future stars and the PCB is committed to investing and providing our talented teenagers as much experience and exposure as possible at this level so that they are better prepared for bigger and tougher future challenges.

    “The tour to Sri Lanka is the first step in our ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 preparations as we aim to regain the title next year. It is the PCB’s responsibility to create and provide opportunities and platforms to our next generation of cricketers to express themselves and carry forward the good work of the current or previous generations.

    “While finalising junior tours, the PCB is ensuring it continues to maintain the primacy of red ball cricket and develop cricketers who are equally well prepared for the longer version of the game. While our U16 team will play two three-match matches against Bangladesh next month, we have scheduled as many four-dayers for the U19 side.”

    The past five ICC U19 Cricket World Cups have given Pakistan cricketers such as Ahmed Shehzad (2010), Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Ehsan Adil ( all 2012), Sami Aslam, Imam-ul-Haq (both 2012 & 2014), Shadab Khan (2016) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2018).

    Apart from the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, a couple of more U19 tours in the build-up to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 are in the pipeline and further announcements will be made in due course.

    Probables - Khayyam Khan (Abbottabad), Muzammil Khan (Bahawalpur), Basit Ali (DG Khan/Multan), Irfan Niazi, Sulman Shafqat (both Faisalabad), Abbas Afridi, Aftab Alam, Mohammad Wasim, Said Nazir (all FATA), Rohail Nazir (Islamabad), Mohammad Taha, Nadir Shah, Saim Ayub (all Karachi), Fahad Munir, Qasim Akram (both Lahore), Amir Ali (Larkana), Mohammad Asif, M. Jahangir (both Multan), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Haris, Niaz Khan, Salman Khan Jr. (all Peshawar), Akhtar Shah, Muhammad Junaid (both Quetta), Haider Ali and Shiraz Khan (Rawalpindi)

    Tour schedule

    30 April – Departure for Colombo
    3-6 May – 1st four-day match, Galle
    9-12 May – 2nd four-day match, Hambantota
    15 May – 1st 50-over match, Hambantota
    17 May – 2nd 50-over match, Hambantota
    20 May – 3rd 50-over match, Galle


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    Good to see Saim Ayub’s name in the probables.

    Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Afridi and Basit Ali also there lol


    Ki Mohammad (saw) sey wafa tu ney tou hum terey hain
    Yeh jahaan cheez kya hai Loh-o-Qalam tere hain

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Good to see Saim Ayub’s name in the probables.

    Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Afridi and Basit Ali also there lol
    Thats some serious talent hahaha .

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    Good to see Saim Ayub’s name in the probables.

    Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Afridi and Basit Ali also there lol
    Salman Khan is there too.

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    No Ahmed Khan the fast bowler???

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    Good. Zakir Khan should arrange some A tours too. We are touring Australia this winter so can they not bring the A team along ?

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    Rohail Nazir appointed Pakistan U19 captain for Sri Lanka tour

    Lahore, 16 April 2019:

    Rohail Nazir, who scored a century on his first-class debut this season, has been appointed as Pakistan U19 captain for next month’s series against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced today.

    Wicketkeeper/batsman Rohail scored 130 and four for Islamabad against Habib Bank Limited in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in September. He played three more first-class matches in his debut season and finished with 300 runs besides dismissing 13 batsmen behind the wickets.

    Rohail was Hassan Khan’s vice-captain in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand where Pakistan finished third after their third-fourth place play-off against Afghanistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Rohail finished the tournament with 140 runs and 14 dismissals, and later went on to captain Pakistan U19 in the ACC U19 Asia Cup in September/October 2018.

    Mohammad Taha, who was also part of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 squad, has been appointed as vice-captain. Taha, a left-handed top-order batsman, scored 54 runs in five matches in New Zealand and is yet to make his first-class debut.

    Faisalabad’s wrist spinner Suleman Shafqat is the other member from the World Cup squad to retain a place in the Sri Lanka touring party. He took three wickets in New Zealand.

    Apart from Rohail, the only other first-class cricketer in the 15-player squad is FATA’s fast bowler Abbas Afridi, who has played two matches and taken four wickets.

    Saim Ayub is the other notable cricketer to find a place in the side. The left-hander had previously captained Pakistan U16 on the tour to Australia in April 2018 and was also part of the side that featured in the ACC U19 Asia Cup last year in Bangladesh.

    Keeping in mind the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa, the junior selection committee headed by Basit Ali has selected players who were born on or after 1 September 2000 so that they remain eligible for next year’s global event to be played from 17 January to 9 February 2020.

    Pakistan U19 will play two four-day matches against Sri Lanka U19 in Galle (3-6 May) and Hambantota (9-12 May), before taking on Sri Lanka U19 in three 50-over matches in Hambantota (15 and 17 May) and Galle (20 May).

    Squad (in alphabetical order):

    Rohail Nazir (captain, wicketekeeper) (Islamabad)
    Mohammad Taha (vice-captain) (Karachi)
    Abbas Afridi (FATA)
    Akhtar Shah (Quetta)
    Basit Ali (Multan)
    Haider Ali (Rawalpindi)
    Khayyam Khan (wicketkeeper) (Abbottabad)
    Mohammad Haris (Peshawar)
    Mohammad Junaid (Quetta)
    Mohammad Wasim (FATA)
    Niaz Khan (Peshawar)
    Saim Ayub (Karachi)
    Shiraz Khan (Rawalpindi)
    Suleman Shafqat (Faisalabad)
    Qasim Akram (Lahore)

    Reserves:

    Amir Ali (Larkana)
    Irfan Niazi (Faisalabad)
    Mohammad Amir (Peshawar)
    Nadir Shah (Karachi)
    Said Nazir (FATA)

    Team management:

    Azam Khan (coach-cum-manager), Mohtashim Rasheed (assistant coach), Faheem Shah (physiotherapist), Saboor Ahmed (trainer), Usman Hashmi (analyst)

    Tour schedule:

    30 April – Departure for Colombo
    3-6 May – 1st four-day match, Galle
    9-12 May – 2nd four-day match, Hambantota
    15 May – 1st 50-over match, Hambantota
    17 May – 2nd 50-over match, Hambantota
    20 May – 3rd 50-over match, Galle


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