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    Pakistan finish third in the Under-19 World Cup 2020 after third-place playoff washed out

    Pakistan squad for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 named

    • Rohail Nazir retained captain; Multan’s 16-year-old Mohammad Shehzad and Test fast bowler Naseem Shah named; players born on or after 1 September 2000 were eligible for selection

    • Selectors reward high-performing players for the biggest age-group event to be held in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February 2020

    • “These players have been performing up to our expectations and I am hopeful they will carry their good form into the series and produce solid performances,” says Saleem Jaffar


    Lahore, 6 December 2019:

    The National Junior Selection Committee has named an experienced 15-player Pakistan squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020, which will be held in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February.

    In-form wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir has been retained as captain, while prolific opener Haider Ali has been appointed as vice-captain.

    Pakistan, the 2004 and 2006 champions and three-time runners-up, are placed in Group C of the 16-team event and will play Scotland in their opening match on 19 January in Potchefstroom.

    Pakistan’s second match will be against Zimbabwe at the Witrand Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 22 January, while their third and final group match will be on 24 January at the JP Marks Oval against Bangladesh.

    The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the Super League, while the remaining teams will feature in the Plate Championship. The Super League stage will commence from Tuesday, 28 January and the top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals, with the winners competing for the title on Sunday, 9 February, in Benoni.

    Squad (players born on or after 1 September 2000 were eligible for selection):

    Openers – Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Quetta), Haider Ali (Rawalpindi), Mohammad Shehzad (Multan)

    Middle-order batsmen – Mohammad Haris (Peshawar), Mohammad Huraira (Sialkot) and Mohammad Irfan Khan (Lahore)

    Wicketkeeper – Rohail Nazir (captain)

    All-rounders – Abbas Afridi (Peshawar), Fahad Munir (Lahore) and Qasim Akram (Faisalabad)

    Spinners - Amir Ali (Larkana) and Arish Ali Khan (Karachi)

    Fast bowlers - Amir Khan (Peshawar), Naseem Shah (Lahore) and Tahir Hussain (Multan)

    Team management – Ijaz Ahmed (head coach-cum-manager), Rao Iftikhar Anjum (bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (assistant coach)

    Saleem Jaffar, chair of the junior selection committee, said: “I want to congratulate all the players on their selection in the Pakistan squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

    “I know some of the players will be disappointed at not being picked, but it was a tough task as we had a pool of some very exciting and exceptionally talented players to choose from. I would encourage all the players who have missed out on selection to remain positive and motivated as I am confident there will be opportunities for them down the road.

    “Criteria for selection was current performances and meritocracy, and I am pleased it was a consensus decision. These players have been performing up to our expectations and I am hopeful they will carry their good form into the series and produce solid performances.

    “Barring Aamir Khan, Arish Ali Khan and Mohammad Huraira, all others have represented Pakistan in international junior series this year. However, the three boys made our task easier by consistently producing impressive performances in the domestic season.”

    Three players – Ammad Butt Jnr, Akhtar Shah and Saim Ayub – were not considered for selection due to injuries.

    The Pakistan cricket team can make changes to their combination until 10 January 2020 without needing an ICC approval. After 11 January, players can be replaced on fitness grounds and will require the approval of the ICC’s Event Technical Committee.

    About the players (in alphabetical order):

    Rohail Nazir (captain) - This will be his second ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. After scoring a century on his first-class debut last year, he was appointed U19 captain last year for the ACC U19 Asia Cup. He was one of the most impressive players in the bilateral series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, and then carried his form into the ACC Emerging Cup. In five first-class matches this year, he has scored 170 runs.

    Haider Ali (vice-captain) – Scored 317 runs in Pakistan’s 7-0 win over South Africa in June/June and then followed up with 214 runs in Pakistan’s 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka. In last month’s ACC Emerging Cup, he scored 218 runs in five matches. In six first-class matches this year, he has scored 503 runs.

    Aamir Khan – The 18-year-old took 18 wickets in five matches in the PCB U19 three-day tournament after bagging one wicket in two PCB U19 one-day tournament. In the three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he took five wickets in three matches.

    Abbas Afridi – Took 17 wickets and scored 129 runs in 13 matches in Sri Lanka, South Africa and in the Asia Cup. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Abdul Wahid Bangalzai – The 17-year-old was the fifth leading run-getter in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 246 runs, while in the three-day competition with 276 runs. He also played in the ACC U19 Asia Cup.

    Amir Ali – The 18-year-old left-arm spinner made his first-class debut this season and took one wicket. Prior to that, he toured South Africa and returned as the most successful bowler with 13 wickets. In the ACC Asia Cup, he took four wickets in three matches, while he picked up seven and 28 wickets, respectively in the PCB U19 One-Day and Three-Day competition, respectively.

    Arish Ali Khan – The left-arm spinner was the leading wicket-taker with in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 15 wickets, while in the three-day tournament, he was the second leading wicket-taker with 30 wickets. He has been selected for the first time in the Pakistan U19 squad.

    Fahad Munir – 17-year-old all-rounder scored 170 runs and took five wicket sin the tour to South Africa, while he scored 50 runs and took three wickets in the ACC U19 Asia Cup. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Haris – The 19-year-old middle-order batsman from Peshawar toured South Africa and also featured in the ACC Asia Cup, scoring 275 runs in seven matches and 96 runs in three matches, respectively. In the recently-concluded three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he scored 31 runs in three matches. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Huraira – The 18-year-old right-handed batsman was the top-scorer in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 342 runs and then followed up with 358 runs in the three-day event –third most in the event.

    Mohammad Irfan Khan – Scored 83 runs in the ACC U19 Asia Cup, third most by a Pakistan batsman. Prior to that, he had scored 208 runs in South Africa, while he scored 475 runs in 10 three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Shehzad – The 16-year-old opener played in away and home series against Bangladesh U16. In the away series, he scored 26 runs in three 50-over matches, while in the home series, he scored 72 runs in two 50-over matches. In the ongoing PCB U16 three-day tournament, he has scored 175 runs in two matches at an average of 67. He has also taken six wickets.

    Naseem Shah – Made his Test debut against Australia in Brisbane. He took four wickets in the Asia Cup, 12 wickets in South Africa and 18 wickets in four Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first-class matches this season.

    Tahir Hussain – The left-arm fast bowler took six wickets in four PCB U19 One-Day Tournament, while in three matches of PCB U19 three-day event, he bagged three wickets.

    Qasim Akram – The 17-year-old all-rounder scored 296 runs and took three wickets, and scored 260 runs and took 15 wickets in the PCB U19 One-Day and Three-Day Tournaments, respectively. In the Asia Cup, he scored 30 runs and claimed four wickets, while he scored 77 runs and 124 runs in South Africa and Sri Lanka, respectively.


    Full Squad:


    Rohail Nazir (c)
    Haider Ali (vc)
    Abbas Afridi
    Amir Ali
    Amir Khan
    Arish Ali Khan
    Fahad Munir
    Mohammad Haris
    Mohammad Huraira
    Mohammad Irfan Khan Niazi
    Mohammad Shahzad
    Naseem Shah
    Qasim Akram
    Tahir Hussain
    Wahid Bangalzai
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    Saim Ayub and Muhammad Taha ignored despite doing well in the recent tournaments

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Saim Ayub and Muhammad Taha ignored despite doing well in the recent tournaments
    Three players – Ammad Butt Jnr, Akhtar Shah and Saim Ayub – were not considered for selection due to injuries.


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    According to WJ

    Amir Khan and Tahir Usman are 140+ kph bowler

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    According to WJ

    Amir Khan and Tahir Usman are 140+ kph bowler
    Are they tall though? Musa bowls 140+ but is short and inaccurate

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypathan View Post
    Are they tall though? Musa bowls 140+ but is short and inaccurate
    I haven't seen them. I hope they aren't midgets

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    The selection of Naseem is bizarre. The U19 team is a development team, he has developed. Its like a student at Uni redoing his GCSE'S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    According to WJ

    Amir Khan and Tahir Usman are 140+ kph bowler
    Left or right arm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Three players – Ammad Butt Jnr, Akhtar Shah and Saim Ayub – were not considered for selection due to injuries.
    Is that another Ammad Butt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Left or right arm?
    Amir is right arm

    Tahir is left arm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Is that another Ammad Butt?
    Yes. He is in the PSL draft also in the emerging options. Don't know much about him though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Amir is right arm

    Tahir is left arm
    We need good right arm fast bowlers. Our left armers are short of skill to be successful left armers.

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    Nasim Shah will learn nothing from failure coach like Waqar. Its better Nasim plays in World Cup and learn something.

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    Naseem Shah, just finished his B.A degree, sent back to primary school, ridiculous.

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    No Akif Javed?

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    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday named at least four allrounders, including 14-year-old Mohammad Shahzad, in their 15-man squad for the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa early next year. The in-form Rohail Nazir will continue to led the side, while 16-year-old quick Naseem Shah, who recently made his Test debut in Australia, also featured in the squad. “We have planned extensively and tried our best to form a fine team,” Saleem Jaffar, the Pakistan junior team head coach, said at a press conference here. “Probables selected for the World Cup will give both coach and captain full options to form a balanced side. I hope this team will go good. But whoever is left out shouldn’t be disheartened because they are on a path that will take them to the professional cricket and this isn’t the end of world.”

    Shahzad, a batting allrounder from Southern Punjab, caught the selectors’ eye at the ongoing Under-16 domestic tournament, where he scored 175 runs in two games and picked up six wickets. “Shahzad is a good package; he can bat in the opening slot and bowl at medium pace, so we are also eyeing to tap someone who can be a good prospect in future like Abdul Razzaq,” Jaffar said. “This is the cricket that actually takes players forward. He is young on the Under-16 circuit and has done really well recently. For us, winning is equally important but at the same time we are also giving them an international feel. This Under-19 circuit is an exciting cricket and such players are the future.”

    Aside from Shahzad, the allrounders’ contingent comprises Abbas Afridi, Fahad Munir and Qasim Akram, who made it to the squad on the back of his impressive returns of 296 runs and three wickets and 260 runs and 15 wickets in the PCB Under-19 one-day and three-day tournaments respectively. Akram also made a mark at the recent Emerging Under-19 Asia Cup, and the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka, where he scored 77 and 124 runs respectively.

    Three out of the 28 probables — Ammad Butt Jr, Akhtar Shah and Saim Ayub — were not considered for selection because of injuries. The 2020 Under-19 World Cup will be held from January 17, in South Africa. Pakistan, the 2004 and 2006 champions and three-time runners-up, are slotted in Group C along with Bangladesh, Scotland and Zimbabwe in the 16-team competition. They will kick off their campaign against Scotland on January 19 in Potchefstroom.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/514884/pac...rld-cup-squad/


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    So is Shahzad 14 or 16?

    PCB release said he was 16, PCB records show 14...


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    The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup bound Pakistan team will undergo a nine-day-long training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore from 1-9 January 2020 before their departure for South Africa on 10 January for the tournament.


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    Mohammad Basit Ali Excluded From U-19 World Cup Team?

    Just because it is at u19 level, doesn't mean we should ignore it.

    Injustice at every level in Pakistan cricket.

    Mohammad Basit Ali played for Pakistan u-19 in the series vs South Africa A.

    He played 4 innings. Scored 2 50's

    In recent national Under-19 One-Day Tournament 2019/20, he played 5 innings. 3 50's. Third highest run scorer.

    Still not included in the u-19 World Cup team.

    Same guy was the 6th highest scorer in the National Under-19 Three Day Tournament 2019/20.

    Instead, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai is selected. This Abdul guy averaged 27 in 10 innings in the same U19 3 day tournament.

    Same Abdul Wahid Bangalzai who played 2 innings for PAK U19. Scored 2 and 15.

    This is his profile:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...r/1186805.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    Just because it is at u19 level, doesn't mean we should ignore it.

    Injustice at every level in Pakistan cricket.

    Mohammad Basit Ali played for Pakistan u-19 in the series vs South Africa A.

    He played 4 innings. Scored 2 50's

    In recent national Under-19 One-Day Tournament 2019/20, he played 5 innings. 3 50's. Third highest run scorer.

    Still not included in the u-19 World Cup team.

    Same guy was the 6th highest scorer in the National Under-19 Three Day Tournament 2019/20.

    Instead, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai is selected. This Abdul guy averaged 27 in 10 innings in the same U19 3 day tournament.

    Same Abdul Wahid Bangalzai who played 2 innings for PAK U19. Scored 2 and 15.

    This is his profile:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...r/1186805.html
    May be a genuine case of biased selection, but at U19 level sometimes players are not considered for questionable age as well, you never know. This year, we had a medium pacer apparently 18 (Ruhail Mian), and he started FC career with 8/19 ..... but he wasnít considered in first squad, as BCB didnít take their chances.

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    Don't know much about Abdul Wahid Bangalzai but having watched Basit Ali I am happy that he isn't selected the guy looked a tailender against a moving ball. Limited shot rage as well as non existent footwork all an all he was rubbish and doesn't have a chance to go far.
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    Sarfaraz Ahmed meets Pakistan U19 squad

    • “This team possess the capability to beat any team in the competition and have the fire power to win the tournament,” says Sarfaraz Ahmed

    Lahore, 6 January 2020:

    Sarfaraz Ahmed, the captain of the Pakistan side which lifted the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2006, made a visit to the ongoing Pakistan U19 camp at the National Cricket Academy on Monday and shared his experience of playing the biggest age-group cricket tournament.

    Pakistan boasts two U19 World Cup wins – the last one came under the wicketkeeper-batsman’s captaincy in 2006 with a memorable win over arch-rivals India by 38 runs in a low-scoring final in Colombo.

    After leading his country to the title, Sarfaraz made his debut for Pakistan national men’s team the next year in an ODI against India at Jaipur.

    He believes the upcoming ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, which will be played in South Africa from 17 January to 9 February, will serve as a stepping stone for the teenaged cricketers in the squad.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “I have told the boys this is a perfect platform to graduate to the next level as we had also gone through this route.

    “Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are prime examples, they came from this set-up and are now a part of the national team.
    “I have a feeling that this team has the capability to beat any team in the competition and has the fire power to win the tournament. The momentum is on their side. They’ve had a good 2019 as they performed very well in South Africa and other recent series.

    “I have great memories of my time in the U19 side. The best one is the final which we won in the 2006 World Cup. The way we won it, I am going to remember it for the rest of my life. We had a brilliant time and we played like one.”

    Pakistan start their ICC U19 World Cup campaign on 19 January against Scotland U19.

    The Rohail Nazir-led side is in Group C with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Scotland.


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    All the best to the lads! Bring it home! Good luck


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    Pakistan senior team's head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis visited the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup bound Pakistan squad. The legendary duo shared their experiences and gave valuable tips to the youngsters.


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    Amir Khan looks even shorter than Musa

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    Glad Naseem is out!

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    Nice to see Waqar and Misbah spend time with the youngsters.


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    Rohail Nazir at a presser:

    "We had a 30 day camp, we worked hard at GSL. We played matches. Ijaz bhai made us do hitting practice, ground shots etc. We tried to play like in SA conditions, Ijaz bhai told the top order batsmen to not lose wickets in the first 10 overs"

    "We went to SA before so we have an idea of how to play in those conditions, a lot of players have gone there"

    "Our team has a lot of all-rounders and batsmen have played domestic cricket, I am hopeful we will win this WC"

    "Misbah bhai and Sarfaraz bhai have praised the team, as a captain I am quite confident of doing well in the WC and winning the WC for the country"

    "All the players in the team have been in the camp and I am impressed with players like Shehzad who came from U16, he opens the batting and bowls well. Having all rounders is always good for your team"

    "We will look to apply what we learned here at the camp in the WC"

    "When we met Ijaz bhai, he told us that we need to focus individually on every match. If we lose, we should learn from it and if we win, we should move forward. Whether we face Zim, Ind or Aus, we will prepare well and try to win each match"

    "We have been watching how players come from U19 and come up in cricket, my target as U19 captain is to lead from the front and help my team to win and do well for my team in each facet"

    "As a wk, I have been captain for a while and you get an idea about the bowlers and batsmen. It helps in captaincy. I asked Sarfaraz bhai about some things also and he shared his experience of winning ICC tournaments. I will try and apply the things he told me in the WC"


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    Pictures/Videos from PCB of Pakistan U19 squads departure from NCA for the ICC Cricket U19 World Cup









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    Performance or not, all I am hoping for is no age controversy. Winning at all costs for any team by disregarding rules is AC great disservice to themselves, their teammates and their country.

    I should but be writing this at this happy juncture of team departing but I am hoping all the teams, particularly from the subcontinent have taken the tough calls they ignored in earlier editions.

    All the best.

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    Pakistan national men’s team wishes good luck to U19 team for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

    Lahore, 10 January 2020:

    Pakistan national men’s team extended best wishes to the U19 side upon their departure to South Africa for the participation in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

    The senior players hoped that the side will stretch its last year’s form into the World Cup and advised the players to make the most of the platform to make an impression and graduate to the apex level.

    Babar Azam, the current Pakistan T20I captain who played the ICC U19 World Cup in 2010 and 2012, said: “I wish all the best to the U19 team. My message for them is to do well, like they have been doing recently. Help each other and believe in your teammates’ abilities.

    “Our batsmen and bowlers are in good shape and after having played in South Africa, I would suggest the batsmen to stay upright while batting.

    “Enjoy this opportunity and put your heart in it as it will enhance your performances.”

    Azhar Ali, the current Pakistan Test captain who played the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2002, said: “I wish all the best to this team and advise them to stick together as a unit and play fearless cricket.

    “Playing the U19 W0rld Cup gives you a flavour of international cricket as the matches are televised and the players get to experience the pressure of international cricket. This is a great opportunity for these cricketers to learn, which will certainly help them when they graduate to the senior team.

    “Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali have done well at the U19 level and they have impressed at the first-class level. When a player performs at the first-class level, it lifts his morale. If these two are able to stretch that form in the World Cup, the team will benefit immensely.

    “These guys have done well on the previous tours and I am very hopeful of positive results in the World Cup.”

    Naseem Shah, the recent graduate to the senior men’s side from U19 team, said: “I was recently playing with this side and I am hopeful that they are going to do well in the tournament. They are gelled very well and have good combinations, which will help them excel in the World Cup.

    “I wish good luck to Rohail Nazir and his team.”

    Shaheen Shah, who played the previous edition of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, said: “The way this team played in South Africa and won, I am hopeful that the U19 team will win the World Cup.

    “U19 cricket grooms a cricketer. It happened with me as after the last World Cup, in which I was the highest wicket-taker [for Pakistan], I was picked up for the PSL and subsequently called-up for the senior side.

    “This is a very good side and I wish them all the best. I have played with Rohail Nazir and Aarish Ali and I know they are very good players.”

    Fakhar Zaman, who played U19 domestic cricket said: “Pakistan have a very good record at the U19 level and I am sure this team will do very well in the tournament.

    “U19 level is very important for a player and such international tours help a great deal in the development of the players as they provide crucial opportunities to rub shoulders with the best cricketers.

    “I have played domestic cricket with these players and they all are very talented and have proved themselves.”

    Mohammad Hasnain, former Pakistan U19 player, said: “I wish all the best to the team and hope that they will do well. U19 cricket is a very important phase in the development as it teaches you the basics which help in graduating to the next level.

    “My message to the team is to work hard and eye a spot in the national side.”

    The Rohail Nazir-led side begin their ICC U19 World Cup 2020 campaign on 19 January against Scotland U19.

    They will play Zimbabwe U19 and Bangladesh U19 on 22 and 24 January respectively in the group-stage.




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    somebody said the Amir Khan bowls above 140kph on average
    Ijaz ahmed, Pakistan U19 Coach said that.


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    Rohail Nazir presser:

    "I think we had a good series against South Africa in 2019, so the boys know these conditions and we have 4-5 players who have been performing very well recently, they have good experience and we have a good team and am confident that we will continue to perform well"

    "Our team management has told the team that we need to concentrate on playing one game at a time, regardless of which team we are playing; We need to play good cricket, and it doesnt matter whether we are playing against India, Australia or Zimbabwe; If we play good cricket and to our potential then we can beat any side"

    "As kids we watched our side perform in the U19 World Cup and also in the ICC World Cup; This is a big event for us and if we perform well here, we know that the whole world is watching us; Virat Kohli and Babar Azam have both emerged out of the U19 World Cup; My aim is also to become a good player and our aim is to prove the world that we are good enough at the Under 19 level as well"


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    Pakistan U19 team hit the ground running a day after arriving in Potchefstroom as the team underwent a strenuous training and practice session at the North West University Sports Village, Potchefstroom on Thursday.

    The team is on a high after convincing wins in the two warm-up games against Nigeria and Sri Lanka during their five-day stay in Pretoria. They start their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign with a match against Scotland in the NWU Sports Village vicinity on Sunday 19 January.

    The high altitude of the Potchefstroom venue provides a different challenge to the players and the squad spent nearly three hours in a bid to acclimatise to the conditions.

    Head coach Ijaz Ahmed gave a detailed account of the team’s preparations as they head into the most prestigious age-group ICC event.

    Ijaz Ahmed said: “Our priority is to top our group and stay in the city as the team which finishes second would have to travel to Johannesburg. So we want to stay here, get totally familiarised with the conditions and progress to quarter-final and beyond in Potchefstroom.

    “We played our first warm-up game a day after we arrived in the country. I feel the bowlers were a bit stiff and wayward in that game. In the second match our bowlers Amir Khan, Tahir Hussain, Aamir Ali and Abbas bowled well, support bowlers Fahad and Qasim Akram also delivered and we won the game.

    “Our first game was against Nigeria and it was a straightforward game for us as we got them out for 109 runs. The batsmen were not challenged much and we called back opener Haider Ali after he had scored a quickfire 50. It was almost a 10-wicket win for us.

    “Our game against Sri Lanka challenged us but Fahad Munir played really well for us and we also called him back after he reached his 50. Mohammad Haris batted really well also besides Haider’s contribution at the top of the innings.

    “These players have had a great camp at the NCA and they have been working hard since we have landed in South Africa. Now, the time to deliver has arrived!”

    Pakistan will train today and on Saturday before their game against Scotland. Their second match is against Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 22 January followed by the third and final group match against Bangladesh on Friday, 24 January. All three games will be played in Potchefstroom.

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    Quote from Ijaz Ahmed:

    "We should have no excuses as we have trained well and are totally in a positive frame of mind for this tournament" : Ijaz Ahmed


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    Pakistan’s future stars believe they can do it again in South Africa

    • Pakistan have won the event twice, while it has finished runners-up thrice

    • “We all know stakes are high in this tournament and if we can achieve strong results, then we edge closer to our dreams of representing Pakistan at the highest level,” says Rohail Nazir

    Lahore, 18 January 2020:

    Pakistan, who won their second and last ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 14 years ago, will launch their Group C campaign in the 2020 edition when they will take on Scotland in Potchefstroom, South Africa, on Sunday, 19 January. They will then take on Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on 22 and 24 January, respectively.

    If Pakistan tops Group C, they will take on runners-up from Group D in the third Super League quarter-final in Potchefstroom on 30 January. In the scenario of Pakistan finishing runners-up in Group C, they will take on the winner of Group D in the last quarter-final on 31 January in Benoni.

    The Super League semi-finals will be held on 4 and 6 February in Potchefstroom with the final on 9 February at the same venue.

    Pakistan have returned to familiar territory for the most prestigious age-group competition. When they had toured South Africa in June-July last year as part of their event preparations, they had thumbed the hosts 7-0. In the two World Cup warm-up matches against Nigeria and Sri Lanka in Pretoria, Pakistan have recorded impressive nine-wicket and four-wicket victories, respectively.

    To further supplement their recent record, Pakistan are the third most successful side in the history of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after India, who have won the event four times, and Australia, the three-time championship. Pakistan also have the third best success percentage of 71.62, after India (76.31) and Australia (76.05).

    Pakistan is captained by the highly-rated Rohail Nazir, the wicketkeeper-batsman who scored a century on his first-class debut in the previous season. He had maintained his impressive form in the away series against South Africa and Sri Lanka, as well as with the Pakistan Emerging side in Bangladesh.

    Haider Ali, Rohail’s deputy, scored 317 runs in Pakistan’s 7-0 win over South Africa and then followed up with 214 runs in Pakistan’s 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka. In the ACC Emerging Cup, he scored 218 runs in five matches, while he scored 645 runs in seven first-class matches this season.

    The side is coached by Ijaz Ahmed, who played 60 Tests and 250 ODIs between 1986 and 2001, scoring 3,315 and 6,564 runs, respectively.

    Looking ahead to the competition, Rohail Nazir said: “We all are very excited as we have been preparing for this tournament for more than eight months. We are fully prepared to take on Scotland in our opener in less than 24 hours.

    “Of course, there are a few butterflies in the stomach because it is such a massive event and opportunity for all of us, but I am sure we’ll settle down once we will step on to the field. I think this is where Ijaz Ahmed becomes so critical for our match preparations because he has seen and felt all this. His pep talks have already calmed down lots of nerves and we are completely focused, motivated and determined to perform strongly.

    “We are an extremely fortunate bunch of cricketers who are about to taste international cricket. Apart from learning the rigours and demands of international cricket in an ICC-organised event, the World Cup will provide us the additional opportunity to meet cricketers from other sides and then build on those relationships for future.

    “I firmly believe we are best prepared for the World Cup and have all the tools to produce the desired results. But we are not the only side which has come here fully prepared. I think all other 15 sides have arrived in South Africa firmly believing they can win the tournament.

    “We all know stakes are high in this tournament and if we can achieve strong results, then we edge closer to our dreams of representing Pakistan at the highest level. At this level, this incentive is greater and bigger than anything and will shadow us in this tournament.

    “We have won the tournaments in 2004 and 2006, and I am confident we will win the tournament in 2020.”

    Pakistan’s group fixtures:

    19 Jan – v Scotland, Potchefstroom
    22 Jan – v Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom
    24 Jan – v Bangladesh, Potchefstroom

    ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 Groups:

    Group A – India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan
    Group B – Australia, England, West Indies and Nigeria
    Group C – Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Scotland
    Group D – Afghanistan, South Africa, UAE and Canada

    About the players (in alphabetical order):

    Rohail Nazir (captain) - This will be his second ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. After scoring a century on his first-class debut last year, he was appointed U19 captain last year for the ACC U19 Asia Cup. He was one of the most impressive players in the bilateral series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, and then carried his form into the ACC Emerging Cup. In six first-class matches last year, he has scored 320 runs. In the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, Rohail scored twin-fifties.

    Haider Ali (vice-captain) – Scored 317 runs in Pakistan’s 7-0 win over South Africa in June/July and then followed up with 214 runs in Pakistan’s 3-2 series win over Sri Lanka. In last month’s ACC Emerging Cup, he scored 218 runs in five matches. In seven first-class matches last year, he has scored 645 runs, including a century in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

    Aamir Khan – The 18-year-old took 18 wickets in five matches in the PCB U19 three-day tournament after bagging one wicket in two PCB U19 one-day tournament. In the three-day non first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament, he took five wickets in three matches.

    Abbas Afridi – Took 17 wickets and scored 129 runs in 13 matches in Sri Lanka, South Africa and in the Asia Cup. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Abdul Wahid Bangalzai – The 16 -year-old was the fifth leading run-getter in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 246 runs, while in the three-day competition with 276 runs. He also played in the ACC U19 Asia Cup.

    Amir Ali – The 17 -year-old left-arm spinner made his first-class debut this season and took one wicket. Prior to that, he toured South Africa and returned as the most successful bowler with 13 wickets. In the ACC Asia Cup, he took four wickets in three matches, while he picked up seven and 28 wickets, respectively in the PCB U19 One-Day and Three-Day competition, respectively.

    Arish Ali Khan – The left-arm spinner was the leading wicket-taker in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 15 wickets, while in the three-day tournament, he was the second leading wicket-taker with 30 wickets. He has been selected for the first time in the Pakistan U19 squad.

    Fahad Munir – 17-year-old all-rounder scored 170 runs and took five wickets on the last year’s South African tour.He scored 50 runs and took three wickets in the ACC U19 Asia Cup. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Haris – The 18 -year-old middle-order batsman from Peshawar toured South Africa and also featured in the ACC Asia Cup, scoring 275 runs in seven matches and 96 runs in three matches, respectively. In the non first-class three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament, he scored 31 runs in three matches. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Huraira – The 17 -year-old right-handed batsman was the top-scorer in the PCB U19 One-Day Tournament with 342 runs and then followed up with 358 runs in the three-day event –third most in the event.

    Mohammad Irfan Khan – Scored 83 runs in the ACC U19 Asia Cup, third most by a Pakistan batsman. Prior to that, he had scored 208 runs in South Africa, while he scored 475 runs in 10 three-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches. Didn’t play in this year’s PCB U19 events after having already competed in three previous U19 events

    Mohammad Shehzad – The 15 -year-old opener played in away and home series against Bangladesh U16. In the away series, he scored 26 runs in three 50-over matchesIn the home series, he scored 72 runs in two 50-over matches. In the ongoing PCB U16 three-day tournament, he has scored 175 runs in two matches at an average of 67. He has also taken six wickets.

    Mohammad Wasim Jnr – The 18 -year-old from North Waziristan took three wickets each in the ACC Asia Cup and on the tour of South Africa, while he bagged seven wickets on the tour of Sri Lanka. On the domestic circuit, he played one U19 one-day match in which he bagged three wickets, while he snapped up seven wickets in three U19 three-day matches.

    Tahir Hussain – The left-arm fast-bowler took six wickets in four PCB U19 One-Day Tournament, while in three matches of PCB U19 three-day event, he bagged three wickets.

    Qasim Akram – The 17-year-old all-rounder scored 296 runs and took three wickets, and scored 260 runs and took 15 wickets in the PCB U19 One-Day and Three-Day Tournaments, respectively. In the Asia Cup, he scored 30 runs and claimed four wickets, while he scored 77 runs and 124 runs in South Africa and Sri Lanka, respectively.

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    Pakistan U19 aim to take a step closer to Super League stage

    Potchefstroom, 21 January 2020:

    Pakistan U19 will be targeting to build on their strong and impressive performance in their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 opener against Scotland when they take on Zimbabwe at the Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

    Pakistan had given Scotland a cricket lesson on Sunday when they raced to the 76-run target inside 12 overs for the loss of three wickets. A victory against Zimbabwe will strengthen their chances of qualifying for the Super League, which will be played between the two sides from each of the four Groups.

    In contrast, Zimbabwe lost to Bangladesh, the fourth side in Pool C, by nine wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) Method in a rain shortened match. Pakistan’s last Pool match against Bangladesh will be played on Friday, the day when their men’s senior will go head to head in the first of the three T20Is at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    Pakistan have featured in all the 13 ICC U19 Cricket World Cups to date and have always qualified for the Super League phase. In 11 events to date, they have finished fifth or better, while appearing in five finals, while the only time they ended up outside the top-five was in 1998 and 2012 when they achieved seventh and eighth positions, respectively.

    On Sunday, Mohammad Waseem jnr from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the star of Pakistan’s seven-wicket victory. The right-arm pace bowler justified his selection after Naseem Shah was withdrawn due to national duties by returning figures of 7.5-2-12-5.

    Waseem was very well supported by left-armer Tahir Hussain, who rocked the top order and finished with figures of 9-2-23-3, including two wickets in the opening over of the match. Tahir’s new-ball partner Abbas Afridi bagged two for 32 as Pakistan fast bowlers shared all the 10 wickets between them.

    In run-chase, highly-rated Rohail Nazir and Irfan Khan got some batting practice when they scored 27 and 38 not out, though openers Hadier Ali and Mohammad Shahzad’s failures will be a bit of bother for the Pakistan team management.


    Middle-order batsman Mohammad Haris didn’t get a chance to show his mettle on Sunday but looks forward to contributing in the team’s success in future matches.

    Haris spoke with PCB digital and said: “ICC U19 Cricket World Cup provides a big platform for young players to graduate to the senior level and represent their country. The entire Pakistan squad is focused on delivering the goods in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

    “Jos Butler is my favourite player and I want to play like him in the middle-order. I was into cricket from a young age. I first started playing when I was nine. My professional cricket journey began at 15 in Peshawar when I started playing club cricket.

    “I feel really lucky that I got full support from my mother. I used to anxiously wait for Sunday as we used to play a match every Sunday, sometimes for the entire day.”

    Left-arm spinner Arish Ali Khan was not in the starting line-up on Sunday, but is likely to feature at some stage in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

    On his early days and cricketing ambition, Arish told PCB digital: “I still remember Mohammad Amir’s devastating new-ball spell against India in the Asia Cup T20 2016 in which he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina. That spell inspired me to pursue cricket seriously. Representing Pakistan U16 and that too as captain against Australia was a dream come true moment for me.

    “I want to become the best spinner in the world, at present my and the team’s focus is on the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Our coach Ijaz Ahmed and spin bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed have worked hard with us and given us important advice.”

    Pakistan ICC U19 Cricket World Cup squad:

    Rohail Nazir (captain and wicketkeeper), Abbas Afridi (Peshawar), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Quetta), Amir Ali (Larkana), Amir Khan (Peshawar), Arish Ali Khan (Karachi), Fahad Munir (Lahore), Haider Ali (vice-captain), Qasim Akram (Lahore), Mohammad Haris (Peshawar), Mohammad Huraira (Sialkot), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Lahore), Mohammad Shehzad (Multan), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (North Waziristan), Tahir Hussain (Multan)

    Team management – Ijaz Ahmed (head coach-cum-manager), Rao Iftikhar Anjum (bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (assistant coach), Saboor Ahmad (trainer), Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rasul (physiotherapist), Usman Hashmi (analyst), Emmad Ahmed Hameed (media manager) and Col (retd) Usman Riffat Anwari (security manager).


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    Potchefstroom, 23 January 2020:

    Pakistan U19 and Bangladesh U19 will go toe to toe in their last Group C fixture of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in Potchefstroom on Friday, 24 January, with the winner topping the group and featuring in the third Super League quarter-final at the same venue on 30 January.

    Friday’s winner will take on the second-placed side from Group D, which will either be Afghanistan, South Africa or United Arab Emirates, while the losing side from the Pakistan versus Bangladesh match will play against the Group D winner in the fourth Super League quarter-final on 31 January in Benoni.

    While the teenagers will be fighting for top position in Group C in Potchefstroom, almost 14,000km away in Lahore, their senior teams will lock horns in first of the three Twenty20 Internationals at the Gaddafi Stadium.

    This means fans and followers of the two sides will have one eye on proceedings in Potchefstroom, while the other eye will be following progress in Lahore.

    Pakistan U19 have played well as a unit in the two matches. On Wednesday, Pakistan had slipped to 74 for three but recovered to 294 for nine after half-centuries from Mohammad Haris (81), Qasim Akram (54) and Fahad Munir (53).

    Zimbabwe, in their run-chase, were going strong when they reached 186 for two in the 36th over. But the bowlers stuck to their task and succeeded in dismissing the African side for 256 in the 47th over.

    Tahir Hussain (three for 42), Abbas Afridi (three for 55), Qasim Akram (two for 41) and Aamir Ali (two for 51) shared wickets.

    Looking ahead to Friday’s match, Qasim Akram, who produced an all-round performance on Wednesday, said: “I am really happy to see Bangladesh team touring Lahore. I urge cricket fans, my family and friends to watch the T20I matches at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

    “We also have a crucial match against Bangladesh tomorrow and I'm hopeful that we will do very well. We are a strong team and by winning the game we can top our group which has been our aim from the start.

    “We have worked hard both here and during the camp in Lahore so we are prepared for Bangladesh.

    “When I went out to bat against Zimbabwe the situation was a bit tricky for us. I took no pressure of the situation and tried to play my own game. Similarly, during my bowling spell, the captain asked me to contain the batsmen and not to chase wickets. I am happy I managed that well and also picked up two wickets in my 10-over spell.

    “Irfan Khan took a stunning catch of my bowling at a critical juncture of the game and that catch changed the whole complexion of the game.

    “As a batsman my strategy is not to let the opposition dominate. I'll continue to play in the same manner regardless of the opponents.”

    Pakistan had defeated Scotland by seven wickets in their tournament opener which was played at the NWU Oval in Potchefstroom.

    In contrast, Bangladesh also have two wins in two matches. They defeated Zimbabwe by nine wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method, while their second victory was against Scotland, which they achieved by seven wickets.

    Pakistan squad:

    Rohail Nazir (captain and wicketkeeper), Abbas Afridi (Peshawar), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Quetta), Amir Ali (Larkana), Amir Khan (Peshawar), Arish Ali Khan (Karachi), Fahad Munir (Lahore), Haider Ali (vice-captain), Qasim Akram (Lahore), Mohammad Haris (Peshawar), Mohammad Huraira (Sialkot), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Lahore), Mohammad Shehzad (Multan), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (North Waziristan) and Tahir Hussain (Multan)


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    Should have had Naseem Shah here, really.


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    Wasim Jr looked mediocre from the highlights I saw of when the team toured SL. Should be dropped for todayís game.

    They talked Amir Khan up before the WC and yet they havenít given him a single game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellipsism View Post
    Wasim Jr looked mediocre from the highlights I saw of when the team toured SL. Should be dropped for todayís game.

    They talked Amir Khan up before the WC and yet they havenít given him a single game.
    They wonít drop a player whoís recently taken a five fer

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    Pak under 19 vs who in quarterfinals?

    Anyone? Afghanistan?

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    Afghanistan and televised on ptv sports

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    Whoever will show up, one thing is certain: we will pound them.

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    Afghanistan u25

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    Afghanistan u25
    I really donít understand is despite being heavily criticized ICC continues to allow Afghanistan to abuse this age group cricket with some grownup men.

    If ICC were serious they would randomly conduct players for bone density test and disqualify them.

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    When is the match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad Saad View Post
    When is the match?
    QF against Afghanistan is on Friday (31st).


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    Who does the winner of this match face

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Who does the winner of this match face
    Australia or India.


    Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?

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    Update: Abdul Wahid Bangalzai's scans are clear. He is expected to regain full fitness in a few days. Decision on availability for next match will be made in due course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Update: Abdul Wahid Bangalzai's scans are clear. He is expected to regain full fitness in a few days. Decision on availability for next match will be made in due course.
    What happened to him?
    Did I miss something?


    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness

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    I think the reason of losing so badly against Afghanistan in recent times has been wrist spinners of Afgahistan or mystery spinner like Mujeeb. I looked the bowling list of domestic U19 tournament, 99% of the spinners are finger spinners. No wonder we have minnow level batting against wrist spinners.


    Why can't PCB think out of the box, make sure there is a wrist spinner quota in the squad of every regional U19 squad. They don't have to play in the team but kids can get used to playing wrist spin more often during net practise.

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    Pakistan U19 team training and practice session underway at the Willowmoore Park, Benoni.

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    Who is the batsman at start

    Good looking batsman

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