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    Pakistan look set to challenge again with a talented new crop of youngsters in Under 19 World Cup

    Two-time U19 Cricket World Cup winners, Pakistan, look set to challenge again with a talented new crop of youngsters, writes Saj for Sky Sports.





    The much-maligned and often criticised Pakistan domestic cricket system has taken a lot of flak in recent times for what many believe is its inability to recognise and reward talent.

    Detractors have also questioned whether enough is being done by the Pakistan Cricket Board to ensure that the talent-pool at junior levels is actually making its way to the top and subsequently to international cricket.

    However, given the exploits of the likes of Babar Azam and more recently Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, who have represented the Pakistan U19 side with distinction, the PCB's critics can to a certain degree rest assured that the production line of talent is far from running dry.



    Left-arm paceman Shaheen Afridi impressed for Pakistan during the World Cup last summer


    Powered by self-belief and fuelled by some exceptional talent, Pakistan's young cricketers appear well prepared for the upcoming U19 World Cup in South Africa.

    The current crop has a lot to look up to and emulate when it comes to Pakistan's record in the U19 World Cup. Pakistan have been runners-up three times and were back-to-back winners in 2004 and 2006, first beating the West Indies in the final by 25 runs in Dhaka, and then India by 38 runs in Colombo.

    The 2006 victory remains a memorable one for Pakistani cricket followers, not only due to the fact that the opponents were arch-rivals India, but also due to the manner of the win, which was achieved after being bowled out for a paltry 109.



    Pakistan claimed their second U19 World Cup win in 2006 with a victory over rivals India


    All seemed lost at the innings break, but a Sarfaraz Ahmed-lead side bowled out India for only 71 as Pakistan recorded a sensational win. If the current Pakistan U19 team needed inspiration, they can look no further than the 2006 scorecard and look at the pictures of the celebrations after that incredible win over India.

    While past glory and achievements can be good indicators of a team's pedigree, the Pakistan youngsters of today know very well that expectations will be high back home and they will be up against some very tough competitors when their campaign eventually kicks off on January 19 against Scotland.

    The training and preparation in Lahore at the National Cricket Academy has been intense with 11 hard-fought practice games being played among the squad and fringe players. Indeed, based upon comments from the former Pakistan batsman, Ijaz Ahmed, who is the current head coach, it would appear that this side has the fire-power and talent to go all the way and win the title for the third time.

    The fact that teenage pace-bowler Naseem Shah, who recently made his Test debut in Australia at a reported age of 16 years and 279 days will not be featuring in the Pakistan line-up will have been met with sighs of relief by the opposition batsmen.



    Naseem Shah is presented with his Test cap by Waqar Younis at only 16 years of age


    Shah also became the youngest fast bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in Test cricket when he helped Pakistan to victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi last month. However, understandably, the Pakistan team management feels that Shah should now focus on senior cricket rather than pursuing challenges at the U19 level, something that will have pleased many an opponent at the upcoming World Cup.

    However, the relief of not having to face Shah could turn out to be temporary once batsmen come to note that the Pakistan U19 squad has some excellent fast bowlers who could well turn out to be among the stars of the tournament.

    Pace bowling has always formed an important part of any Pakistan side's armoury and it's no different in the current U19 squad. Foremost amongst the speed-merchants is Amir Khan who, according to Ijaz, bowls at an average speed of around 86mph and has at times been clocked above 90mph. If the Pakistan head coach's words are taken at face-value, Amir could well make life very uncomfortable for batsmen on the bouncy South African pitches.

    As well as Amir, Pakistan's fast-bowling resources will be well-served by Tahir Hussain and Mohammad Wasim Jnr, with all-rounder Abbas Afridi providing support to the strike-bowlers. The spin-bowling department, another forte of Pakistan teams of the past, is also well-served by the young talents of Amir Ali and highly-rated Arish Ali Khan, who will play a key role in Pakistan's campaign.

    Pakistan's traditional bowling strength will be well-matched in the batting department by the presence of their wicket-keeper batsman and captain Rohail Nazir who, at the age of 18, has already chalked up plenty of domestic and U19 experience.

    Alongside Rohail, Pakistan's batting hopes will centre largely around opening batsman Haider Ali, who has also impressed one and all with his U19 performances and who scored a hundred in the recently concluded final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Karachi.

    Haider, in only seven first-class matches, has already hit two hundreds and three fifties, while he averages 43.60 with the bat in List A cricket. If Pakistan are to succeed in South Africa then a lot will depend on the form and contributions of Haider.



    Pakistan beat the West Indies to win their first U19 World Cup crown in 2004


    Pakistan teams of all ages have over the years made it their business to defy the odds and surprise observers. In Rohail Nazir as skipper and Haider Ali as the batting linchpin, they have two cricketers who could lift their team-mates to what would be a huge and much-needed boost for Pakistan cricket.

    This Pakistan U19 squad has some exceptional talent and the potential is there to record a third title win at this level in South Africa.

    While Pakistan may not be among the favourites, it would be an error of judgement to write them off for what promises to be a fascinating tournament.

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...rs-set-to-star
    Last edited by MenInG; 13th January 2020 at 22:51.


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    Big things expected from this U19 squad - if they get to the semis or win the tournament, a very bright phase of Pakistan cricket could well be down the corner


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    Good luck to the young Pakistani lads. Unfortunately, they have been grouped with Bangladesh who are one of the tournament favourites. Hopefully, the Pakistani youngsters don't get too demoralised when they are thrashed by Bangladesh and can continue to progress in the tournament.
    Last edited by Dios; 14th January 2020 at 21:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dios View Post
    Good luck to the young Pakistani lads. Unfortunately, they have been grouped with Bangladesh who are one of the tournament favourites. Hopefully, the Pakistani youngsters don't get too demoralised when they are thrashed by Bangladesh and can continue to progress in the tournament.
    Dont think they will be pushovers - this is a pretty talented side.


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    I think this under-19 side will do well like many of our under-19 sides of the past.

    However, the problem is the development of these youngsters into international arena. PCB is absolutely the worst at developing players.

    Hopefully it will change soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by octavian View Post
    I think this under-19 side will do well like many of our under-19 sides of the past.

    However, the problem is the development of these youngsters into international arena. PCB is absolutely the worst at developing players.

    Hopefully it will change soon.
    Naseem and Shaheen Shah are good exceptions I feel but Ideally all good ones should be in the senior team, sooner than later.


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    We desperately need a spinner, so I am looking forward to seeing the 2 spinners, we need an all rounder, so Abbas Afridi will be of interest and we need a 6 3 right arm fast bowler in the 85 mph range, let's hope one of these guys fulfils the criteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    We desperately need a spinner, so I am looking forward to seeing the 2 spinners, we need an all rounder, so Abbas Afridi will be of interest and we need a 6 3 right arm fast bowler in the 85 mph range, let's hope one of these guys fulfils the criteria.
    We already have one in Arshad Iqbal. Hopefully he will do well in PSL even though his skills are more suited to longer format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenstorm View Post
    We already have one in Arshad Iqbal. Hopefully he will do well in PSL even though his skills are more suited to longer format.
    Did anyone pick him in the PSL 5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afhan Ali View Post
    Did anyone pick him in the PSL 5?
    Yes, he's the emerging pick for the Karachi Kings team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dios View Post
    Good luck to the young Pakistani lads. Unfortunately, they have been grouped with Bangladesh who are one of the tournament favourites. Hopefully, the Pakistani youngsters don't get too demoralised when they are thrashed by Bangladesh and can continue to progress in the tournament.
    Just like how the Bangladesh emerging got slapped in their backyard even though you guys were playing some of your international players. Ironically the u19 captain hit a century and you went into a hiding as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dios View Post
    Good luck to the young Pakistani lads. Unfortunately, they have been grouped with Bangladesh who are one of the tournament favourites. Hopefully, the Pakistani youngsters don't get too demoralised when they are thrashed by Bangladesh and can continue to progress in the tournament.
    Not sure if you're trolling or if you actually believe what you're saying.

    Bangaldesh are not even in the top 5 let alone one of the favourites

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dios View Post
    Good luck to the young Pakistani lads. Unfortunately, they have been grouped with Bangladesh who are one of the tournament favourites. Hopefully, the Pakistani youngsters don't get too demoralised when they are thrashed by Bangladesh and can continue to progress in the tournament.
    BD just lost to NZL in warm up, all out for 112, not quite minnows, but almost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenstorm View Post
    We already have one in Arshad Iqbal. Hopefully he will do well in PSL even though his skills are more suited to longer format.
    I haven't seen him lately but he looked OK at the U19 WC. It will be interesting to see if he has kicked on.


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