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    [PICTURES/VIDEOS] PCB announce updated squads for 2nd round of National T20 Cup [Post#96]

    Squads for National T20 Cup confirmed

    • Head coaches select their respective squads from pool of players announced on 28 August; squads to be reshuffled for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup closer to events

    Lahore, 9 September 2020:

    Head coaches of the six Cricket Associations today confirmed their 16-player squads for this month’s National T20 Cup. The squads were finalised from a pool of players, which the head coaches had selected on 28 August. In accordance with the event format and team requirements, the head coaches will select and announce their squads for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and 50-over Pakistan Cup closer to these competitions.

    The First XI National T20 Cup, for the first time, will be held on a double-league basis. The format has been changed keeping in view the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and to provide the players with more opportunities to stake claims in the national side. With the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 Draft to also take place in November, the tournament provides a great opportunity for country’s best T20 players to impress the team owners with their talent and mettle.

    Northern will defend both the First XI and Second XI titles. The First XI matches will be played in Multan (1st round) and Rawalpindi (2nd round, semi-finals and final) from 30 September to 18 October and Second XI fixtures in Lahore from 1-8 October.

    Northern’s First XI head coach Mohammad Wasim has named a strong side, which will be captained by Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim and includes Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Amir, who recently featured in the T20I series against England. The side also includes promising fast bowler Musa Khan and wicketkeeper-batsman Rohail Nazir, who led Pakistan in this year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, while other internationals in the line-up are Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Amin.

    Imad will be available for the second round matches commencing 9 October in Rawalpindi as he is presently representing Nottinghamshire in the ECB’s Vitality Blast T20 competition.

    Balochistan, last year’s runners-up, will continue to be captained by Pakistan international Haris Sohail. Other internationals in the side are Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat, Umar Gul and Yasir Shah. The side will be coached by Faisal Iqbal.

    Pakistan T20I captain Babar Azam will lead Central Punjab that also includes Kamran Akmal, Abid Ali, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah and Zafar Gohar. Babar, like Imad, will join the squad for the second round matches after finishing his commitments with Somerset. The side will be coached by Shahid Anwar.

    Ahmed Shehzad and Hasan Ali were unavailable for selection due to fitness, while Salman Butt was not selected in the First XI side after he had failed to feature in any of his side’s matches in last year’s National T20 Cup. In the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 for Lahore Qalandars, he has played in only one game to date. However, considering his experience, he was offered to lead the Second XI side, which he declined.

    A star-studded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan. The side includes Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari and Wahab Riaz who recently toured England with the Pakistan squad. Shaheen is presently representing Hampshire and will be in action for the second round matches. The side will be coached by former Test all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.

    Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be back in the captaincy role, determined not only to give strong performances to stake a claim for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe but also help Sindh reach the final. Also at his disposal will be star performers like Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Hasnain, Rumman Raees, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Khan. Former Test batsman Basit Ali will be the coach.

    Southern Punjab will be coached by Abdul Rehman, who has retained Shan Masood as his team’s captain. Other players who have featured in international matches include Aamir Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali (subject to fitness) and Sohaib Maqsood.

    Squads

    Balochistan

    First XI – Haris Sohail (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Imran Farhat, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Taimur Khan, Umaid Asif, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Yasir Shah
    Player support personnel – Khuda Bux Silaci (manager), Faisal Iqbal (head coach), Wasim Haider (assistant coach), Ajab Gul Khan (trainer), Arif Shah (physio) and Shakir Khilji (analyst)

    Second XI – Sami Aslam (captain), Jalat Khan (vice-captain), Abdul Nasir, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Akhtar Shah, Ayaz Tasawar, Gohar Faiz, Gulraiz Sadaf (wicketkeeper), Hayat Ullah, Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Najeebullah Achakzai, Rameez Raja Jnr, Salahuddin and Taj Wali
    Player Support Personnel - Habib Baloch (coach-cum-manager), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach), Mohammad Hasnain (physio), Mohammad Hussain (trainer) and Waseemuddin (analyst)

    Central Punjab

    First XI – Babar Azam (captain), Saad Nasim (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Faheem Ashraf, Irfan Khan Niazi, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Naseem Shah, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Sohaibullah, Usman Qadir and Zafar Gohar.
    Player Support Personnel – Azhar Zaidi (manager), Shahid Anwar (head coach), Samiullah Niazi (assistant coach), Mohammad Asad (physio), Yasir Mahmood (trainer) and Sajid Yasin (analyst)

    Second XI – Nauman Anwar (captain), Raza Ali Dar (vice-captain), Atiq-ur-Rehman, Aitzaz Habib Khan, Bilawal Iqbal, Fahad Usman, Junaid Ali, Kamran Afzal, Muhammad Akhlaq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Faiq, Mohammad Saad, Nisar Ahmad, Suleman Shafqat, Waqas Maqsood and Zubair Khan Lodhi
    Player Support Personnel - Akram Raza (coach-cum-manager), Humayun Farhat (assistant coach), Arshad Javed (trainer), Ubaidullah (physio) and Mahmood Mohyuddin (analyst).

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    First XI - Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan.
    Player Support Personnel - Farrukh Zaman (manager), Abdul Razzaq (head coach), Aftab Khan (assistant coach), Imranullah (trainer), Rehan Khalid (physio) and Waleed Ahmed (analyst).

    Second XI - Mehran Ibrahim (captain), Rehan Afridi (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Adil Amin, Asad Afridi, Israrullah, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Arif Shah, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Mohammad Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Sarwar Afridi, Musaddiq Ahmad, Nabi Gul, Sajid Khan and Sameen Gul.
    Player Support Personnel – Riffatullah Mohmand (coach-cum-manager), Mohammad Aslam Qureshi (assistant coach), Ibrar Ahmed (trainer), Sajjad Ali Khan (physio) and Majid Ali Shah (analyst).

    Northern

    First XI - Imad Wasim (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik
    Player Support Personnel – Afaq Rahim (manager), Mohammad Wasim (head coach), Mohammad Masroor (assistant coach), Ali Sufyan (physio), Mohammad Aslam (trainer) and Mohammad Ahsan Ehsan (analyst)

    Second XI – Nauman Ali (captain), Umair Masood (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Aamer Jamal, Athar Mehmood, Faizan Riaz, Mohammad Ismail, Nasir Nawaz, Naved Malik, Nihal Mansoor, Raza Hasan, Salman Irshad, Sarmad Bhatti, Shiraz Khan, Shoaib Ahmad Minhas, Taimur Sultan and Zaid Alam.
    Player Support Personnel - Fahad Masood (coach-cum-manager), Saeed Anwar Jnr (assistant coach), Farrukh Hayat (trainer), Iftikhar (physio) and Mohammad Rizwan Hanif (analyst)

    Sindh

    First XI – Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel (vice-captain), Ahsan Ali, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azam Khan, Danish Aziz, Hassan Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Taha, Rumman Raees, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Khan.
    Player Support Personnel - Rashid Khan (manager), Basit Ali (head coach), Iqbal Imam (assistant coach), Imran Khalil (trainer), Imtiaz Khan (physio) and Mohammad Asim Hussain (analyst).

    Second XI – Fawad Alam (captain), Hasan Mohsin (vice-captain), Abrar Ahmed, Aamer Ali, Ammad Alam, Asad Raza, Ghulam Mudassar, Ibtisam Sheikh, Jahid Ali, Mohammad Suleman, Mohammad Umar, Rameez Aziz, Saad Ali, Saifullah Bangash, Shahnawaz and Omair Bin Yousuf.
    Player Support Personnel - Ghulam Ali (coach-cum-manager), Zafar Iqbal (assistant coach), Javed Sheikh (trainer), Nisar Khan (physio) and Shanullah (analyst).

    Southern Punjab

    First XI – Shan Masood (captain), Hussain Talat (vice-captain), Aamir Yamin, Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali (subject to fitness), Saif Baddar, Sohaib Maqsood, Umer Khan, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zahid Mehmood and Zeeshan Ashraf (wicketkeeper).
    Player Support Personnel - Shahid Butt (manager), Abdul Rehman (head coach), Aizaz Cheema (assistant coach), Khawaja Rohail Ali (trainer), Mohammad Tayyab (physio) and Mohammad Faisal Rai (analyst)

    Second XI – Naved Yasin (captain), Agha Salman Ali (vice-captain), Maqbool Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Ali Usman, Anus Mustafa, Dilbar Hussain, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Mohsin, Mohammad Rameez, Mohammad Umair, Mohammd Irfan Jnr, Mukhtar Ahmed, Tayyab Tahir, Zain Abbas and Zia-ul-Haq.
    Player Support personnel – Sajjad Akbar (coach-cum-manager), Zahoor Elahi (assistant coach), Iftikhar Hussain (trainer), Adeel Bajwa (physio), and Hafiz Mohammad Usman (analyst).

    Meanwhile, the head coaches have finalised a pool of reserve cricketers, in addition to the 45 players of their Cricket Associations, who, if required, can be used as Covid-19 replacements:

    Reserve players: Aamer Azmat (Peshawar), Abdul Rauf (Kurram Agency), Abdullah Muqaddam (Karachi), Abubakar Khan (Mianwali), Ali Manzoor (Lahore), Asif Fawad (Multan), Fahad Hussain (D.M. Jamali), Hamza Arshad (Rawalpindi), Hasan Raza (Mirpur), Haseeb Azam (Rawalpindi), Hazrat Shah (Islamabad), Jahanzaib Sultan (Karachi), Khalilullah (Mardan), Mohammad (D.M. Jamali), Mohammad Nadeem (Islamabad), Mohammad Shahid (D.M. Jamali), Mohammad Umar Burki (KP), Mohammad Waqas (Karachi), Nasir Khan (D.M. Jamali), Raza-ul-Hasan (Karachi), Sajjad Ali (Mardan), Salman Fayyaz (Lahore), Shehzad Azam Rana (Islamabad), Shoaib Ahmed (D.M. Jamali) and Yousaf Babar (Multan)


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    Will be sad to see three oldies(Malik,Hafeez and Ifti chacha) blocking the spot of Muhammad Haris. I hope one of them is unavailable

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    That is why I don't want Babar Azam in this tournament so we can see Abdullah Shafique play. Hopefully somerset play till final

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    Dilbar Hussain missed out in first 11 of south punjab to accommodate rahat ali,bilawal bhatti 😡😡

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    Muhammad haris should have been in second 11 .Don't think he will get any game in first 11 most likely will warm the bench for whole tournament

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    Good to see m.wasim backing zeeshan malik . He is in first 11 of northern squad

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Muhammad haris should have been in second 11 .Don't think he will get any game in first 11 most likely will warm the bench for whole tournament
    It is good that they are seeing him as a second option, hopefully he will play first class once Rizwan gets selected for Zimbabwe, PSL and NZ tour

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    24 year old sohaib ullah in first 11 of central punjab

    Last edited by Abdullah719; 9th September 2020 at 21:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    It is good that they are seeing him as a second option, hopefully he will play first class once Rizwan gets selected for Zimbabwe, PSL and NZ tour
    Hopefully

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    All teams are pretty strong baring sindh who looks hopeless

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    Upcoming players to watch out for in the first XI (If they get opportunities):

    Balochistan

    Akif javed
    Amad Butt
    Usama Mir

    Central Punjab
    Abdullah Shafiq
    Qasim Akram (From recent U19 squad, Batting all rounder bowls off spin)
    Rizwan Hussain
    Ahmed Bashir

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Arshad Iqbal
    Mohammad Mohsin
    Moh Haris

    Northern
    Ali Imran
    Haider Ali
    Musa Khan
    Rohail Nazir
    Zeeshan Malik

    Sindh
    Saud Shakeel (If bats in the top 4)
    Danish Aziz
    Azam Khan (Needs to improve his fitness)
    Hassan Khan
    Mohammad Hasnain
    Mohammad Taha (If bats in the top 4)

    Southern Punjab
    Ali Shafiq
    Khushdil Shah
    Mohammad Ilyas
    Umer Siddiq
    Zeeshan Ashraf
    Saif Badar
    Umer Khan
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    Good to see Saud Shakeel getting Vice captaincy. For Balochistan it should have been Imam.

    Moh Abbas getting a nod for T20s over the likes of pacers like Mohammad Imran, Dilbar Hussain and Zia Ul Haq is not the best of calls and is possibly due to seniority effect. Same is the case with Umer Gul getting nod over Akhtar Shah, Mohammad Talha and Taj Wali.

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    Would have liked to see Shadab Khan lead one of the sides more than Haris Sohail.

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    Asad Shafiq in first xi for t20

    Who are the selectors of Sindh.

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    KPK will be fielding a Pakistan bowling attack. Lots of pace bowling depth.

    PCB made an excellent decision to move Usama Mir to Balochistan. When Yasir Shah leaves for Pakistan, Mir is a like for like replacement. Hope they don't select darter Kashif Bhatti over him !

    Southern Punjab look the weakest side with their batting lineup although they've decent allround options.

    Central Punjab have a couple of the U19 lads.

    Sindh look slightly stronger this year with Sharjeel Khan back and a better spin option in Mohammad Asghar who transferred from Balochistan.

    Mohammad Wasim has got a good white ball team - hope to see Zeeshan Malik stake a claim for the PSL.

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    Players to look out for

    Balochistan
    Akif javed
    Ammad butt
    Bismillah khan

    Central Punjab
    Irfan khan nazi
    Qasim Akram
    Abdullah shafique
    Rizwan Hussain

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    Mohammed haris
    Mohammad mohsin

    Nothern
    Zeeshan malik
    Rohail nazir
    Ali imran
    Haider ali

    Sidh
    Sharjeel khan
    Saud shakeel
    Azam khan
    Hassan khan
    Mohammad taha

    Southern
    Saif badar
    Umer khan
    Umer sadiq
    Khushdil shah
    Zeeshan Ashraf

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    Central Punjab
    Abdullah shafique
    Kamran akmal
    Rizwan hussain
    Saad nasim
    Qasim akram
    Irfan khan nazi
    Fahim ashraf
    Gohar
    Naseem shah
    Ahmed Bashir
    Ehsan adil

    When babar is back he will replace abdullah shafique
    Qasim akram can chip in with a few overs

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    Wow great to see Rizwan being made captain, Saud Shakil made vice captain, Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Haris got their first XI callups, and Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali being demoted to Second XI but provided captaincy.

    Only negative I can see is Sami Aslam as captain second XI rather than included in the Balochistan first XI squad. What the h*** is Faisal Iqbal doing?

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    Khyber
    Fakhar
    Hafeez
    Rizwan
    Malik
    Muhammad haris
    Iftikhar
    Mohammad mohsin
    Wahab
    Shaheen
    Arsad iqbal
    Junaid khan

    Hopefully muhammad haris and Muhammed moshin get a chance but I dont think they will drop farhaan


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    More thoughts: Central Punjab has gone from being one of the oldest looking teams last year to one of the most fresh and exciting teams this year, perfect for the T20 format.

    Northern looks by far the strongest. Their bowling lineup of Amir, Rauf, Musa Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan is fantastic. Their batting lineup in Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Rohail Nazir, Sohail Akhtar, Umar Amin, Zeeshan Malik, and of course Mohammad Nawaz is explosive. They are spoilt for options and I am fully expecting them to defend the title.

    KPK has a great bowling lineup in Shaheen, Wahab, Junaid Khan, and Arshad Iqbal. Batting lineup is okay but can punch above its weight if all the 40 year olds in the team put in some effort. Hoping that Razzaq can work with Fakhar and sort out some of the issues he is having.

    Balochistan and Southern Punjab look fairly boring, though I am expecting Saif Badar and Uner Khan to express themselves and impress.

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    Kamran Ghulam has been excluded, not even in the second 11, someone that you feel would be close to
    The national team of given the right opportunity in domestic
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    Nothern
    Haider ali
    Zeeshan malik
    Umer amin
    Ali imran
    Sohail akhtar
    Rohail nazir
    Shadab
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    Amir
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    Sindh
    Sharjeel khan
    Manzoor
    Saud shakeel
    Muhammad taha
    Danish aziz
    Azam khan
    Sarfraz
    Sohail khan
    Raes
    Husnain
    Hassan khan/asghar

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    Southern
    Shan masood
    Umar sadiq
    Talat
    Saif badar
    Zeeshan ashraf
    Maqsood
    Khushdil
    Yamin
    Irfan
    Umer khan
    Mohammad ilyas

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    Those people with in depth knowledge of the new system, now that it's in its second run do you think it is working as desired? Are younger talent being brought forward and uncles and babus slowly phased out? Or is it just old wine in new bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Wow great to see Rizwan being made captain, Saud Shakil made vice captain, Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Haris got their first XI callups, and Fawad Alam and Nauman Ali being demoted to Second XI but provided captaincy.

    Only negative I can see is Sami Aslam as captain second XI rather than included in the Balochistan first XI squad. What the h*** is Faisal Iqbal doing?
    Do you fink Muhammad Harris will play thou
    Abdullah might play if babar doesnt get back in time if he does then straight swap.

    Do you think its bexouse imaam and harris sohail imran butt are similar kinds of players hence why ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    More thoughts: Central Punjab has gone from being one of the oldest looking teams last year to one of the most fresh and exciting teams this year, perfect for the T20 format.

    Northern looks by far the strongest. Their bowling lineup of Amir, Rauf, Musa Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan is fantastic. Their batting lineup in Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Rohail Nazir, Sohail Akhtar, Umar Amin, Zeeshan Malik, and of course Mohammad Nawaz is explosive. They are spoilt for options and I am fully expecting them to defend the title.

    KPK has a great bowling lineup in Shaheen, Wahab, Junaid Khan, and Arshad Iqbal. Batting lineup is okay but can punch above its weight if all the 40 year olds in the team put in some effort. Hoping that Razzaq can work with Fakhar and sort out some of the issues he is having.

    Balochistan and Southern Punjab look fairly boring, though I am expecting Saif Badar and Uner Khan to express themselves and impress.
    Yes defo got quite few youngsters in thier which is good.

    Nothern have the best bowling team by a mile and proberly best team all round.

    Kpk it's going to be hard for Muhammad haris and muhammed haris to get into the team ahead of the seniors hopefully atleast 1 get a chance.

    Bolstain do look the most boring team baring bismilah Khan they all looks test players.


    Southern hopefully the likes of saif badar khushdil umer Khan otherwise ok squad dont give u to much excitement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Those people with in depth knowledge of the new system, now that it's in its second run do you think it is working as desired? Are younger talent being brought forward and uncles and babus slowly phased out? Or is it just old wine in new bottle?
    Tbh quite a few a in the first xI but weather they get opportunity to play in it is different thing.

    Akif javed
    Arshad iqbal
    Saif badar
    Abdullah shafique
    Umer khan
    Qasim akram
    Irfan khan niazi
    Muhammed haris
    Azam khan
    Zeeshan malik

    That's some of the youngsters obvs thier are stil going to be some oldies but aslong as the the youngsters get a good opportunity alongside the experienced ones then that's okay

    Khyber proberly have the oldest one with hafeez malik iftikhar wahab junaid so not sure if amy of Muhammad mohsin or muhammad haris will get a chance unless injuries

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    KPK will be fielding a Pakistan bowling attack. Lots of pace bowling depth.

    PCB made an excellent decision to move Usama Mir to Balochistan. When Yasir Shah leaves for Pakistan, Mir is a like for like replacement. Hope they don't select darter Kashif Bhatti over him !

    Southern Punjab look the weakest side with their batting lineup although they've decent allround options.

    Central Punjab have a couple of the U19 lads.

    Sindh look slightly stronger this year with Sharjeel Khan back and a better spin option in Mohammad Asghar who transferred from Balochistan.

    Mohammad Wasim has got a good white ball team - hope to see Zeeshan Malik stake a claim for the PSL.
    Kpk have majority of the pakistan batters in the team to fakhar hafeez ifti malik which is a bad thing becouse youngsters might not get a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami92 View Post
    Would have liked to see Shadab Khan lead one of the sides more than Haris Sohail.
    I think becouse imad is in England shadab will lead some of the games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Those people with in depth knowledge of the new system, now that it's in its second run do you think it is working as desired? Are younger talent being brought forward and uncles and babus slowly phased out? Or is it just old wine in new bottle?
    I think we are seeing a decent process of phasing out old players. This year's lineups of the full squads include a lot of guys from this year's U19 WC which is definitely a positive sign. Some big domestic names are there and I personally dont mind as they do add to the competition at this level but, eventually with new players coming in and performing they are also gonna phase out in coming years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    24 year old sohaib ullah in first 11 of central punjab

    24 lol

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    So many players but no Sadaf Hussain (as usual). What is he up to these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anakwalajinn View Post
    So many players but no Sadaf Hussain (as usual). What is he up to these days?
    most overhyped "talent" ever, high 70s bowler, got tonked in last seasons QeA trophy on decent pitches with decent balls.

    given hes pbly 32, 33 now think his careers done.

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    Khuram Manzoor.......... Ye kya joke hai.
    ..... Is he still existing...

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    Do we know if this tournament is going to be televised?

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    Some pretty good youngsters named, hopefully they thrive and perform. We could use some more fresh new blood in the LOI's setup.

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    can players be moved from the second xi to the first, and vice-versa, during the tournament?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Dilbar Hussain missed out in first 11 of south punjab to accommodate rahat ali,bilawal bhatti 😡😡
    Such a shame
    Dilbar needs to be given a chance he has something about him and win enough game practice and coaches working with him he can be a match winner

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmkextreme_1 View Post
    Do we know if this tournament is going to be televised?
    I am pretty sure all the white ball domestic matches will be televised, for QAE trophy all the matches will get highlights and some will be televised taking into account what we witnessed last year, including the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    I am pretty sure all the white ball domestic matches will be televised, for QAE trophy all the matches will get highlights and some will be televised taking into account what we witnessed last year, including the final.
    Hopefully.

    Really hope it isn't shown on PTV Sports as that is equivalent to not televising it :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaddy View Post
    Asad Shafiq in first xi for t20

    Who are the selectors of Sindh.
    Basit Ali. Rmb how he cried in the media when Younis Khan was dropped from ODIs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameemlutfi View Post
    can players be moved from the second xi to the first, and vice-versa, during the tournament?
    Yes I think so

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    Sameen , dilbar, Nasir nawaz, raza Hasan, Salman Irshad, Omar bin Yousuf, mohsin, Umar Masood, Nabi gul, should be in the first 11

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    Asif Zakir has replaced Ramiz Raja Jr in Sindh’s squad for the 2020-21 domestic season who pulled out of the domestic season in order to play club cricket in the United States.

    Zakir, a Karachi-born cricketer, played for Balochistan last season.

    Zakir, now 37, was a standout performer in domestic circuit for a long time and top-scored in the Quaid-e-Azam Tropy in the 2015-16 season.

    In 2017, Zakir was also part of Pakistan’s ODI squad that toured the West Indies but did not get a game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Asif Zakir has replaced Ramiz Raja Jr in Sindh’s squad for the 2020-21 domestic season who pulled out of the domestic season in order to play club cricket in the United States.

    Zakir, a Karachi-born cricketer, played for Balochistan last season.

    Zakir, now 37, was a standout performer in domestic circuit for a long time and top-scored in the Quaid-e-Azam Tropy in the 2015-16 season.

    In 2017, Zakir was also part of Pakistan’s ODI squad that toured the West Indies but did not get a game.
    Is Club cricket in America paying more than domestic cricket here in Pakistan?

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    Karachi: Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Saad Nasim to lead Northern and Central Punjab respectively in place of Imad Wasim and Babar Azam.

    According to reports, Babar will take some rest after his team Somerset made their way out from ongoing Vitaliuty Blast 2020. Whereas, Imad Wasim’s Nottinghamshire has qualified for the quarter-finals, hence will not be available for first phase of National T20 Cup, scheduled to start from September 30.

    On the other hand, 20-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi will also miss the first phase of mega domestic event. However, he will come back to Pakistan as his side Hampshire got eliminated in the group stage of Vitality Blast T20.

    Meanwhile, Pakistan team members who were part of England’s tour will join their respective sides on September 25th. They will undergo back-to-back COVID-19 test on Tuesday and Thursday.

    https://arysports.tv/shadab-saad-rep...abar-captains/


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Karachi: Leg-spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Saad Nasim to lead Northern and Central Punjab respectively in place of Imad Wasim and Babar Azam.

    According to reports, Babar will take some rest after his team Somerset made their way out from ongoing Vitaliuty Blast 2020. Whereas, Imad Wasim’s Nottinghamshire has qualified for the quarter-finals, hence will not be available for first phase of National T20 Cup, scheduled to start from September 30.

    On the other hand, 20-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi will also miss the first phase of mega domestic event. However, he will come back to Pakistan as his side Hampshire got eliminated in the group stage of Vitality Blast T20.

    Meanwhile, Pakistan team members who were part of England’s tour will join their respective sides on September 25th. They will undergo back-to-back COVID-19 test on Tuesday and Thursday.

    https://arysports.tv/shadab-saad-rep...abar-captains/
    Good for Abdulllah Shafique as Babar is resting hopefully Shaheen is rested for the whole tournament.

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    @shamaan I think these will be the XIs:

    Balochistan:
    Imam, Awais, Imran, Haris*, Bismillah+, Amad, Usama, Umaid, Kashif, Gul, Akif

    Central Punjab:
    Rizwan, Kamran+, Abid, Nasim*, Shafique, Faheem, Bilal, Zafar, Ehsan, Qadir, Naseem

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
    Fakhar, Farhan, Hafeez, Malik, Rizwan*+, Iftikhar, Mohsin, Wahab, Shinwari, Arshad, Junaid

    Northern:
    Haider, Amin, Shadab*, Akhtar, Nawaz, Asif, Rohail+, Tanvir, Musa, Amir, Rauf

    Sindh:
    Sharjeel, Khurram, Shafiq, Saud, Sarfraz*+, Azam, Anwar, Hassan, Sohail, Hasnain, Hamza

    Southern Punjab:
    Shan*, Zeeshan+, Maqsood, Badar, Khushdil, Talat, Yamin, Bhatti, Zahid, Umer, Irfan


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    I really want to see Zeeshan Malik get an oppurtunity, but Northern has plenty of white ball batsmen. Maybe he can play over Sohail Akhtar or Asif Ali, but I do not see it happening.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    @shamaan I think these will be the XIs:

    Balochistan:
    Imam, Awais, Imran, Haris*, Bismillah+, Amad, Usama, Umaid, Kashif, Gul, Akif

    Central Punjab:
    Rizwan, Kamran+, Abid, Nasim*, Shafique, Faheem, Bilal, Zafar, Ehsan, Qadir, Naseem

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
    Fakhar, Farhan, Hafeez, Malik, Rizwan*+, Iftikhar, Mohsin, Wahab, Shinwari, Arshad, Junaid

    Northern:
    Haider, Amin, Shadab*, Akhtar, Nawaz, Asif, Rohail+, Tanvir, Musa, Amir, Rauf

    Sindh:
    Sharjeel, Khurram, Shafiq, Saud, Sarfraz*+, Azam, Anwar, Hassan, Sohail, Hasnain, Hamza

    Southern Punjab:
    Shan*, Zeeshan+, Maqsood, Badar, Khushdil, Talat, Yamin, Bhatti, Zahid, Umer, Irfan
    This the national t20 or the qaid e azam ?

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    Nearly PKR9million up for grabs in National T20 Cup

    • “Focus is to invest the money back in cricket by providing the players a bigger chunk of the pie through substantial and lucrative rewards so they excel in the game,” says Nadeem Khan

    Multan, 22 September 2020:

    The upcoming National T20 Cup First XI tournament, which begins on 30 September in Multan, comes with an opportunity for the country’s elite white ball cricketers to pocket hefty prize money with nearly PKR9million up for grabs.

    With PKR5million as the tournament’s winning prize money, Imad Wasim-led Northern will be eager for title defence.

    The runner-up will receive PKR2.5million, while PKR400,000 will be shared equally between the tournament’s top performers which include player of the tournament, best batsman of the tournament, best bowler of the tournament and best wicketkeeper of the tournament.

    The best performer of every match will get PKR25,000 as the man-of-the-match award while the top performer of the tournament’s finale at 18 October will be rewarded with PKR35,000.

    These will be over and above earnings for the players from what they will receive as match fee and monthly retainers and is in line with the Pakistan Cricket Board’s policy of providing incentives to top performing cricketers, which will enhance the quality of domestic cricket and lead to a competitive environment while increasing the interest of the viewers.

    The top performing domestic cricketers are already in line to earn to in a range of PKR3.2million to PKR1.8million only on the basis of their match fee and improved and enhanced monthly retainer structure, which was approved by the PCB’s Board of Governors in their 58th meeting.

    Director High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “The Pakistan Cricket Board’s focus is to invest the money that it earns back in cricket by providing the players a bigger chunk of the pie through substantial and lucrative rewards so they excel in the game.

    “There has been a massive improvement in the remuneration structure this year which presents better earning opportunities for the players. The PCB despite the Covid-19 pandemic has invested more in the prize money pool with the number of group matches being doubled this year. The PCB had put in great effort to make sure that the 2020-21 domestic season was organised as it was important for the livelihood of our players.

    “As such, now the players not only have more competitive cricket to polish their skills and get more matches under their belt, but they also have more earning opportunities.”

    The National T20 Cup First XI tournament will be played from 30 September to 18 October at Multan Cricket Stadium and the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
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    Update on second Covid-19 tests of Second XI squads

    Lahore, 22 September 2020:

    All players and player support personnel, except two individuals whose results are pending, belonging to the Second XI teams of the six Cricket Associations tested negative in their second Covid-19 tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced today.

    As such, they will now enter the bio-secure zone at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.

    From Wednesday, the six teams will begin their training for the National T20 Cup Second XI tournament at the Gaddafi Stadium and National High Performance Centre in Lahore.

    Fawad Alam, captain of Sindh for the National T20 Cup Second XI tournament, will travel to Lahore tomorrow and have his second Covid-19 test on 24 September. His first Covid-19 had returned negative.

    Meanwhile, Faisal Iqbal and Wasim Haider, the head coach and assistant coach of Balochistan First XI team, have returned negative tests and, as such, will be allowed to travel to Multan tomorrow following the completion of their quarantine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    This the national t20 or the qaid e azam ?
    No qasim akram no irfan Khan for central in t20s
    No zeeshan malik in central
    Shafiq playing ahead of taha aziz in sidh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    @shamaan I think these will be the XIs:

    Balochistan:
    Imam, Awais, Imran, Haris*, Bismillah+, Amad, Usama, Umaid, Kashif, Gul, Akif

    Central Punjab:
    Rizwan, Kamran+, Abid, Nasim*, Shafique, Faheem, Bilal, Zafar, Ehsan, Qadir, Naseem

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
    Fakhar, Farhan, Hafeez, Malik, Rizwan*+, Iftikhar, Mohsin, Wahab, Shinwari, Arshad, Junaid

    Northern:
    Haider, Amin, Shadab*, Akhtar, Nawaz, Asif, Rohail+, Tanvir, Musa, Amir, Rauf

    Sindh:
    Sharjeel, Khurram, Shafiq, Saud, Sarfraz*+, Azam, Anwar, Hassan, Sohail, Hasnain, Hamza

    Southern Punjab:
    Shan*, Zeeshan+, Maqsood, Badar, Khushdil, Talat, Yamin, Bhatti, Zahid, Umer, Irfan
    o qasim akram no irfan Khan for central in t20s
    No zeeshan malik in central
    Shafiq playing ahead of taha aziz in sidh

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    I understand the frustration of some of the players when you see guys like Asad Shafiq and Imran Farhat selected in the first XIs of the National T20 cup.

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    When will the matches start

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Its a double league format this time so hopefully ample opportunities for young players.

    As they have mentioned its based upon the T20 WC and PSL draft in mind so possibly the double league format is a one time thing. Not a bad idea to make the T20 or one day format double league when any world championship is ahead.
    3 WCs in next 3 years, better to have the LO competitions in double league format for next few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by naseem View Post
    When will the matches start
    30th of september

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    Match officials for National T20 Cup announced

    · Elite panel to officiate in First XI matches, Supplementary panel to be involved in Second XI matches

    · Each umpire of the elite panel to get a minimum of nine matches to show his decision-making and match-management skills

    · Pakistan’s best shortest format players to feature in the 30 September to 18 October event that carries a total prize money of PKR9million and will be broadcast live on PTV Sports

    Multan, 24 September 2020:

    Pakistan Cricket Board’s policy on investing in its elite match officials by giving them maximum opportunities to show their decision-making and man-management skills was evident when it announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the PKR9million National T20 Cup, which begins in Multan on 30 September.

    The six match referees and 14 umpires from the PCB Elite Panel of Match Officials will officiate in the First XI matches to be held in Multan till 6 October, before action moves to Rawalpindi where the second round and knock-out games will be played from 9-18 October.

    As such, all elite umpires and match officials are expected to get a minimum of nine and five matches, respectively, in the 33-match tournament, which will be produced by the PCB and broadcasted live on PTV Sports.

    Iqbal Sheikh will lead the playing control team in the 30 September National T20 Cup opener between Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while Faisal Khan Afridi and Zameer Haider will perform on-field duties. Qaiser Waheed and Aftab Gillani will be the third and fourth umpires, respectively.

    Prof. Mohammad Javed Malik will be the match referee for the 18 October final, which will be umpired by Ahsan Raza and Asif Yaqoob. Rashid Riaz will be in the third umpire’s box and Shozab Raza will perform fourth umpire’s duties.

    The six-member PCB Elite Panel of Match Referees includes Ali Naqvi (Lahore), Iftikhar Ahmed (Karachi), Muhammad Anees (Lahore), Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh (Hyderabad), Nadeem Arshad (Faisalabad) and Prof. Mohammad Javed Malik (Multan).

    The 14-member PCB Elite Panel of Umpires is: Ahsan Raza (Lahore), Aftab Hussain Gillani (Bahawalpur), Asif Yaqoob (Islamabad), Faisal Khan Afridi (Sargodha), Ghaffar Kazmi (Lahore), Imran Javed (Karachi), Nasir Hussain Snr (Lahore), Qaiser Waheed (Lahore), Rashid Riaz Waqar (Lahore), Saqib Khan (Abbottabad), Shozab Raza (Lahore), Syed Imtiaz Iqbal (Karachi), Waleed Yaqub (Lahore) and Zameer Haider (Lahore).

    Bilal Qureshi, Manager, Umpires and Referees: “The match officials appointed for the National T20 are the best we have in the country and this event is an ideal opportunity for them to display their skills and make a mark. There has been no match referee in the ICC elite panel from Pakistan since 2004, while the last umpire to make a Test debut was Nadeem Ghauri 15 years ago. The PCB is keen to develop and groom its match officials so that there is Pakistan’s representation in the ICC’s elite panel and, in this relation, will be providing maximum matches to these elite officials to showcase their skills in the 2020-21 season.

    “As the matches will be televised live by PTV Sports and participated by our best 20-over players, this is an excellent opportunity for these match officials to display their decision-making as well as man-management skills, which will form the basis of their promotions to the next level.”

    Meanwhile, match referees and umpires from the PCB Supplementary Panel of Match Referees and the PCB Supplementary Panel of Umpires, both categories introduced for the first time to set a pathway to the apex panels, will officiate the National T20 Cup Second XI matches, which will be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan’s home of cricket, from 1-8 October.

    First XI appointments (30 Sept-6 Oct, all matches at Multan Cricket Stadium; 9-18 Oct, all matches at Pindi Cricket Stadium:

    30 Sept – Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Faisal Khan Afridi and Zameer Haider (on-field umpires), Qaiser Waheed (third umpire), Aftab Gillani (fourth umpire); Iqbal Sheikh (match referee). Central Punjab v Southern Punjab - Qaiser Waheed and Waleed Yaqub (on-field umpires), Nasir Hussain Snr (third umpire), Aftab Gillani (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee)

    1 Oct – Balochistan v Sindh - Aftab Gillani and Qaiser Waheed (on-field umpires), Zameer Haider (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Iqbal Sheikh (match referee). Northern v Southern Punjab - Faisal Khan Afridi and Zameer Haider (on-field umpires), Nasir Hussain Snr (third umpire), Waleed Yaqub (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee)

    2 Oct – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Waleed Yaqub and Zameer Haider (on-field umpires), Aftab Gillani (third umpire), Nasir Hussain Snr (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee). Central Punjab v Sindh - Qaiser Waheed and Nasir Hussain Snr (on-field umpires), Faisal Khan Afridi (third umpire), Zameer Haider (fourth umpire); Iqbal Sheikh (match referee)

    3 Oct – Northern v Central Punjab - Aftab Gillani and Faisal Khan Afridi (on-field umpires), Waleed Yaqub (third umpire), Nasir Hussain Snr (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab - Nasir Hussain Snr and Zameer Haider (on-field umpires), Qaiser Waheed (third umpire), Faisal Khan Afridi (fourth umpire); Iqbal Sheikh (match referee)

    4 Oct – Balochistan v Southern Punjab - Qaiser Waheed and Waleed Yaqub (on-field umpires), Aftab Gillani (third umpire), Nasir Hussain Snr (fourth umpire); Iqbal Sheikh (match referee). Northern v Sindh - Faisal Khan Afridi and Nasir Hussain Snr (on-field umpires), Zameer Haider (third umpire), Qaiser Waheed (fourth umpire); Iftikhar Ahmed (match referee)

    5 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh - Aftab Gillani and Faisal Khan Afridi (on-field umpires), Waleed Yaqub (third umpire), Zameer Haider (fourth umpire); Nadeem Arshad (match referee). Balochistan v Central Punjab - Nasir Hussain Snr and Zameer Haider (on-field umpires), Faisal Khan Afridi (third umpire), Qaiser Waheed (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee).

    6 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab - Aftab Gillani and Faisal Khan Afridi (on-field umpires), Waleed Yaqub (third umpire), Zameer Haider (fourth umpire); Nadeem Arshad (match referee). Balochistan v Northern - Qaiser Waheed and Waleed Yaqub (on-field umpires), Aftab Gillani (third umpire), Faisal Khan Afridi (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee)

    9 Oct – Northern v Central Punjab - Ahsan Raza and Imran Javed (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee). Sindh v Southern Punjab - Ghaffar Kazmi and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Saqib Khan (fourth umpire); Nadeem Arshad (match referee)

    10 Oct – Balochistan v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Ahsan Raza and Imtiaz Iqbal (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Imran Javed (fourth umpire); Nadeem Arshad (match referee). Central Punjab v Sindh - Asif Yaqoob and Saqib Khan (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Ghaffar Kazmi (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee)

    11 Oct – Northern v Southern Punjab - Imran Javed and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Imtiaz Iqbal (third umpire), Asif Yaqoob (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee). Balochistan v Sindh - Ahsan Raza and Saqib Khan (on-field umpires), Ghaffar Kazmi (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Nadeem Arshad (match referee)

    12 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Southern Punjab - Saqib Khan and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Ahsan Raza (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee). Balochistan v Central Punjab - Imtiaz Iqbal and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Imran Javed (third umpire), Ghaffar Kazmi (fourth umpire); Mohammad Anees (match referee)

    13 Oct – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Sindh – Imran Jawed and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Saqib Khan (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee). Central Punjab v Southern Punjab – Asif Yaqoob and Imtiaz Iqbal (on-field umpires), Ghaffar Kazmi (third umpire), Shozab Raza (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    14 Oct – Northern v Sindh - Imtiaz Iqbal and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Imran Javed (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa v Central Punjab - Ahsan Raza and Ghaffar Kazmi (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Saqib Khan (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    15 Oct – Balochistan v Northern - Saqib Khan and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Ahsan Raza (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee). Sindh v Southern Punjab - Asif Yaqoob and Ghaffar Kazmi (on-field umpires), Imtiaz Iqbal (third umpire), Imran Javed (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    16 Oct – Northern v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Imran Javed and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Saqib Khan (third umpire), Asif Yaqoob (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee); Balochistan v Southern Punjab - Ghaffar Kazmi and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Imtiaz Iqbal (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    17 Oct – First semi-final (Team no.1 v Team no.4) - Asif Yaqoob and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Imtiaz Iqbal (third umpire), Imran Javed (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee); Second semi-final (Team no.2 v Team no.3) - Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza (on-field umpires), Ghaffar Kazmi (third umpire), Saqib Khan (fourth umpire); Ali Naqvi (match referee)

    18 Oct – Final (Winner of first semi-final v Winner of second semi-final) - Ahsan Raza and Asif Yaqoob (on-field umpires), Rashid Riaz (third umpire), Shozab Raza (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed (match referee)


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    Asif Afridi quarantined for breaching social distancing protocols

    Multan, 24 September 2020:

    Asif Afridi, member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa First XI squad for the National T20 Cup, has been quarantined after he was found to have breached the bio-secure protocols, it was announced today.

    The 33-year-old violated the social distancing protocols during a meeting with his friend in the team lobby and, as such, he will now undergo an isolation as well as a Covid-19 test, the cost of which he will have to bear. After testing negative, Asif will re-integrate with his side.

    Asif Afridi said: “I sincerely apologise for my actions. These protocols have been designed for the safety of all participants and it is mandatory on everyone to abide by them to ensure health of everyone involved in the competition. In this case, I have let myself down but will be extremely careful in future.”

    The tournament will commence in Multan on 30 September, before it moves to Rawalpindi for second round action from 9-18 October.

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    National players join domestic teams for National T20 Cup

    Multan, 25 September 2020:

    Twenty-one members of the men’s national team who toured England for three Tests and as many T20Is joined their respective First XI sides in Multan today after they returned second negative Covid-19 tests.

    These 21 players are Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari and Yasir Shah.

    The results of the second Covid-19 tests of Sarfaraz Ahmed, captain Sindh, and Kamran Akmal, Central Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman, are expected tomorrow. Sarfaraz had his test earlier today, while Kamran will undergo his second test later in the day. The two will join their sides after they return negative results.

    Sohail Tanvir, who took part in the Caribbean Premier League, joined Northern after clearing his both Covid-19 tests.

    An individual, belonging to a First XI squad, who was isolated after his first test came out positive has cleared his second test. He will be eligible to join his team after clearing his third test, which will take place on 30 September.

    Meanwhile, Fawad Alam, who also toured England with the national squad and is leading Sindh Second XI, has joined his side in Lahore after returning his second negative test for Covid-19.

    The National T20 Cup First XI tournament, curtain-raiser for the domestic season 2020-21, will commence on Wednesday, 30 September in Multan, before it shifts to Rawalpindi on 9 October. The National T20 Cup for the Second XI teams will be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium from 1-8 October.


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    Pictures (courtesy of the PCB) of Balochistan First XI in a training session in Multan today

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    Babar Azam leads players’ call for fans’ support in National T20 Cup

    • “PTV Sports, the channel I grew up watching, will be relaying live pictures to keep the fans connected and involved,” says the white-ball captain

    • “We all look forward to the fans’ support through various online platforms that will inspire us to produce our best performances,” says Haider Ali

    • “Fast bowlers, in particularl, enjoy the crowds more as their voice and noise motivates them to bowl faster when they run into bowl ,” says Haris Rauf

    • “We will badly miss the fans but at the same time I have complete faith that they will support the players and the event offsite so that they can continue to play their pivotal role in cricket promotion,” says Sarfaraz Ahmed

    • “I urge the fans to keep supporting all competitors and the event by following the proceedings through television, live-streaming, mainstream media or the social media,” says Shan Masood

    Multan, 26 September 2020:

    When country’s best 20-over players assemble in Multan and Rawalpindi for the PKR9million 33-match National T20 Cup from 30 September to 18 October, PTV Sports will be the fans’ go-to platform for live action after the participants’ health and safety forced the Pakistan Cricket Board to stage the tournament behind closed doors.

    The PCB, in a ground breaking agreement worth $200million, signed a three-year deal with PTV Sports and I-Media Communications Services with the PCB retaining the production rights.

    This arrangement is not only aimed at increasing the eyeballs or boosting revenues that can be reinvested into cricket or adding greater value to domestic competitions, but also to contribute in the capacity building of one of Pakistan’s oldest, respected and most prestigious institutions.

    Pakistan’s white-ball captain Babar Azam admitted cricket without fans was incomplete but felt this can be a blessing in disguise.

    Babar Azam: “The game is all about the fans, they are the ones who inspire and motivate us with their presence and support during good and bad days. But the flip side in these challenging times is cricket is taking place and PTV Sports, the channel I grew up watching, will be relaying live pictures in every TV lounge to keep the fans connected and involved with the tournament that will feature country’s best players in the shortest format.

    “Backed up by the PCB’s own digital assets, this competition should get the following, recognition and acknowledgement that it deserves even though nothing can replace in-stadia presence of the cricket followers and fans.

    “All I can request the fans on behalf of all competitors is to continue to support this tournament online and show the world through their positive engagement that we are one of the biggest sporting nations that loves its cricket and will back and support its players no matter what.

    “It is also a great opportunity for PTV Sports to maximise its viewers. PTV Sports has a strong archive of old and classic matches but by becoming a partner of the PCB, it can further strengthen itself as one of the premier sport channels through excellent and quality content.”

    Haider Ali, who became the first Pakistan batsman to hit a half-century on his T20I debut, said: “As a teenager, I have seen a number of games with my friends, family and colleagues from the stands. I know and understand the buzz and excitement of the spectators when they become part of the action.

    “But these are unprecedented times where we all have to make small sacrifices to keep the sport alive and healthy. We will miss the fans and the fans will miss live action, but the coverage plan put in place provides great opportunities to all die-hard supporters to follow and support their favourite players and teams.

    “We all look forward to the fans’ support through various online platforms that will inspire us to produce our best performances.”

    Haris Rauf, Northern’s fast bowler, said: “Fast bowlers, in particular, enjoy the crowds more as their voice and noise when they run into bowl motivates them to bowl faster. I will miss that part in the National T20 Cup, but hopefully their backing in the lead up matches through positive and supportive social media activations will give me that extra energy that will help me to contribute in my side’s title defence.

    “I am keenly looking forward to this competition as it will allow me to catch-up with my old mates whom I have not met for a long time due to Covid-19 restrictions. There is a lot to talk and listen, and I look forward to spending valuable time outside cricket with them.”

    Sarfaraz Ahmed, captain of Sindh, said: “We will badly miss the fans but at the same time I have complete faith that they will support the players and the event offsite so that they can continue to play their pivotal role in cricket promotion.

    “When I will walk on to the field, besides the task in hand, I will like to remember days when I played matches before full houses and the fans right behind me. This will be my motivation as I can never detach myself from the fans who have contributed in what I am today.

    “I want the younger generation especially to follow the tournament but not at the cost of their education as academic institutions have just opened after a long closure and at no stage they should sacrifice their studies. Cricket and education can co-exist; it is all about striking the right balance.”

    Shan Masood, who will lead Southern Punjab, said: “The best part about cricket coming back home was to play in front of our supportive and knowledgeable people, but sadly with the Covid-19 situation that won’t be the case for the National T20 Cup and we are going to miss their lively presence.

    “The fans’ backing is always invaluable to us and although they can’t be physically present at the venues, mainly due to their health and safety, I urge them to keep supporting all the competitors and the event by following the proceedings through television, live-streaming, mainstream media or the social media.

    “As always, the fans’ support and backing is much appreciated.”


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    KP First XI held a training session in Multan today



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    Northern and Balochistan squads loaded with star performers for National T20 Cup

    Multan, 26 September 2020:

    Last year’s champions Northern enter the National T20 Cup First XI tournament with a star-studded squad, capable of defending their title. The team consists of some of the leading T20 performers in the country, including exciting young cricketers.

    Northern will be in action from the first game of the much-awaited tournament as they face Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 30 September at Multan Cricket Stadium.

    The defending champions are likely to face stiff competition from last year’s finalist Balochistan, who will be eager to make the most of the opportunities that come their way this season and have their eyes set on the coveted trophy and a lucrative winning prize money of PKR5million.

    The two finalists of the last edition of the National T20 Cup will face-off on 6 October at the Multan Cricket Stadium and 15 October at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

    Northern:

    Led by Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim, Northern have a side full of all-round talent, skill and capability.

    Imad will join his team for the second-leg of the tournament – to be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from 9-18 October – as he is currently representing Nottinghamshire in the England T20 competition.

    In Imad’s absence Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan will lead Northern. Shadab has made a big impact with the bat recently scoring 263 runs at 37.57 for Islamabad United in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 at a hugely impressive strike rate of 159.39 to earn recognition as a ‘genuine all-rounder.’

    Northern’s batting will be reliant on the dashing top-order batsman Haider Ali, who became the first Pakistan batsman to score a half-century on a T20I debut by smashing 54 off 33 balls earlier this month.

    Besides Haider, Northern have in their ranks the promising right-handed batsman Zeeshan Malik, richly experienced left-hander Umar Amin (second highest run-getter in National T20 Cup 2019, 266 runs at 38) Ali Imran, Hammad Azam, big-hitting Sohail Akhtar and Asif Ali, who will be playing the tournament after representing Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League.

    The batting will be complimented by the presence of Mohammad Nawaz and Sohail Tanvir who will lend further balance to the side with their all-round skills.

    Tanvir was the leading tournament wicket-taker last year as he collected 14 wickets in seven games.

    Pakistan U19 captain Rohail Nazir will be Northern’s wicketkeeper.

    Squad: Imad Wasim (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik

    Player Support Personnel – Afaq Rahim (manager), Mohammad Wasim (head coach), Mohammad Masroor (assistant coach), Ali Sufyan (physio), Mohammad Aslam (trainer) and Mohammad Ahsan Ehsan (analyst)

    Balochistan:

    Balochistan went down by 52 runs in last year’s final against Northern at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium. This time around, they will be determined to go a step ahead under Haris Sohail, who makes a return to competitive cricket after missing Pakistan’s tour of England.

    Balochistan have batting fire power in the shape of Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris, Imran Butt and the veteran Imran Farhat.

    Awais was the leading run scorer in last year’s edition as he accumulated 276 runs at 39.42 with the help of two half-centuries.

    Left-hander Imam-ul-Haq will be aiming to provide a flying start to the team along with Awais; Imam scored 191 runs in seven innings in last year’s edition at 27.28 and a strike-rate of 136.42

    Haris and the two Imrans will be the middle-order batting spearheads backed by Akbar-ur-Rehman and wicketkeeper-batsman Bismillah Khan. Rising all-rounder Ammad Butt will be providing both big-hitting prowess in the lower-order along with his fast-medium bowling.

    Balochistan on paper have a potent bowling attack led by Umar Gul, a former Pakistan Test fast bowler who made a big reputation as a T2oI bowling exponent. The 36-year-old Umar, who collected 85 wickets in 60 T20Is, will be sharing his expertise and experience as the bowling spearhead.

    Balochistan also have in their ranks another experienced pace bowler in Umaid Asif, who took six wickets in as many games for Karachi Kings in this year’s HBL PSL. Upcoming pacer Khurram Shehzad will be providing back-up to the two senior pace bowlers.

    Left-armer Akif Javed who represented Islamabad United in this year’s HBL PSL would be aiming to build his growing reputation further as a fast bowler of immense potential.

    The presence of Yasir Shah, an established Test leg-spinner, further boosts Balochistan’s bowling stocks and he is joined by Usama Mir, an exciting young leg-spinner.

    Squad: Haris Sohail (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Imran Farhat, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Taimur Khan, Umaid Asif, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Yasir Shah

    Player support personnel – Khuda Bux Silaci (manager), Faisal Iqbal (head coach), Wasim Haider (assistant coach), Ajab Gul Khan (trainer), Arif Shah (physio) and Shakir Khilji (analyst)


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    Sindh management have gone mad or what.......Shafiq sohail ...???

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    Sindh is the worst team in the tournament. It’s a far cry from the Karachi Dolphins phase.

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    Central Punjab and Sindh hope for change of fortunes in National T20 Cup

    • The two rivals meet on 2 October and 10 October in Multan and Rawalpindi respectively

    Multan, 27 September 2020:

    Central Punjab and Sindh will be hoping for change of fortunes when the razzmatazz of the T20 version commences on 30 September in Multan, the City of Saints, with the PKR9million National T20 Cup First XI tournament.

    Despite carrying star-studded line-ups in the last edition of the tournament, the two teams made early exits from Faisalabad, failing to reach the knockout stage.

    The two rivals, nonetheless, lightened up the tournament from day one with one of the most exciting matches of the edition. Under the Iqbal Stadium floodlights, Sindh chased down a 189-run total on the penultimate ball with only three wickets to spare.

    With the Pakistan Cricket Board’s focus on providing more white-ball opportunities keeping in mind the two ICC Men’s T20 World Cups in the next two years, this year’s National T20 Cup will be played on a double league basis. As such, the fans will be treated with two match-ups between the rivals, which, as all the other matches of the tournament, will be broadcasted by PTV Sports.

    Central Punjab will be looking to avenge their last year’s defeat when they take on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men on 2 October at the Multan Cricket Stadium and 10 October at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

    Central Punjab

    Central Punjab boast a glittering line-up led by Pakistan men’s limited overs captain Babar Azam, whose meteoric rise with the bat continues to impress the followers of the game. The 25-year-old had an impressive tour of England with the men’s national team. In his subsequent run in the England T20 competition, Babar smashed a career-best 114 not out, hitting nine fours and five sixes in his 62-ball innings.

    Babar was one of the only two batsmen to record a century in the previous edition of the National T20 Cup. The other batsman was also from his team, Ahmed Shehzad who misses out this year’s tournament due to a hand injury.

    Babar will join Central Punjab in the second leg, which commences in Rawalpindi from 9 October. Until then, all-rounder Saad Nasim will lead Central Punjab.

    Kamran Akmal, another established T20 batsman, further strengthens Central Punjab’s batting department and he will be looking to display a better show than his outing in the last season’s National T20 Cup.

    Kamran is the leading run scorer in the history of the HBL Pakistan Super League, one of the most competitive T20 tournaments around the world, with 1,537 runs at a strike rate of over 138. The Peshawar Zalmi wicketkeeper-batsman has three centuries in the tournament, the last one of which was recorded in the fourth fixture of the 2020 edition during a 149-run chase against Quetta Gladiators at Karachi’s National Stadium.

    Abid Ali, the only batsman to record a century on his maiden ODI and Test appearances, and 24-year-old Rizwan Hussain, another top-order batsman who brings skill and exuberance in the side, will support these two batsmen.

    Twenty-year-old Abdullah Shafiq will be another batsman to look out. The right-handed batsman recorded a century on his first-class debut in the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 tournament and has a brilliant opportunity to learn from the star performers around him.

    The presence of all-rounders Faheem Ashraf, Saad and Zafar Gohar not only lengthens Central Punjab’s batting line-up but also increases their bowling options.

    Seventeen-year-old pacer Naseem Shah, who has won admirers all over the world with his raw pace and exceptional skill of moving the ball both in the air and off the surface, is expected to spearhead their bowling attack. Naseem will have the experienced lanky right-arm pacer Ehsan Adil as his potential fast bowling pair.

    Along with strong batting and pace bowling units, Central Punjab have a dynamic and versatile spin bowling attack. The spin bowling unit will be led by Pakistan Test spinner Bilal Asif, whose off-spin has accounted for 16 scalps in five Tests. While Bilal will bring the ball into the right-handed batsmen, Usman Qadir and Zafar will spin the ball away from their hitting arc with their wrist and finger spin, respectively.

    Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Saad Nasim (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Faheem Ashraf, Irfan Khan Niazi, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Naseem Shah, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Sohaibullah, Usman Qadir and Zafar Gohar.

    Player Support Personnel – Azhar Zaidi (manager), Shahid Anwar (head coach), Samiullah Niazi (assistant coach), Mohammad Asad (physio), Yasir Mahmood (trainer) and Sajid Yasin (analyst)

    Sindh

    A line-up full of T20 specialists, Sindh are another side in the tournament who have their all bases covered. They are captained by former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who has an impressive youngster, Saud Shakeel, as his deputy.

    Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Ahsan Ali, Azam Khan and Asad Shafiq form the core of their dynamic batting unit, which has the potential to not only post but also surmount daunting totals.

    Openers Sharjeel and Khurram have made a big impression for themselves with their ability to score runs at a brisk rate. Sharjeel, the left-handed batsman, scored 199 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 144.20 in the HBL PSL 2020. He took Karachi Kings’ arch-rivals Lahore Qalandars by storm with an unbeaten 59-ball 74 – hitting five fours and five sixes – as he partnered with Babar Azam (69 not out from 46 balls) to secure a 10-wicket win at his side’s home ground, Karachi’s National Stadium.

    Khurram is the leading run-scorer in the history of the National T20 Cup with 2,235 runs in 75 innings at an average of 30.20. He would aim to improve on his last year’s National T20 numbers of 136 runs at 27.20 and provide Sharjeel solid support at the other end.

    Twenty-two-year-old Azam Khan left a mark in this year’s HBL PSL 2020 for his ability of hitting big sixes. The wicketkeeper-batsman accumulated 150 runs at a strike rate of over 130. Ahsan Ali, the 26-year-old, is another batsman who adds to Sindh’s firepower. He made his Pakistan debut in January this year at the Gaddafi Stadium, in a T20I against Bangladesh.

    In the lower order, Sindh can bank on all-rounder Anwar Ali and Sarfaraz to provide them strong finishes in the death overs.

    Amongst these batsmen who can hit the ball at will, Test batsman Asad Shafiq will be expected to anchor and hold Sindh’s innings together.

    Sindh’s bowling unit is equally impressive. It possesses young gun Mohammad Hasnain who not only has the ability to clock 150kph but also to hit yorker length in the death overs to deny batsmen any scoring opportunities. The right-arm pacer who represents Quetta Gladiators is currently leading the wicket-takers charts in the HBL PSL 2020 with 15 scalps to his name at an average of 19.13 In the last year’s National T20 Cup, Hasnain had the most wickets – nine at 18.22 – for Sindh.

    Right-arm pacer Sohail Khan will spearhead Sindh’s bowling attack and is expected to take the new ball. The 36-year-old has taken 117 wickets in the shortest format. Test pacer Mir Hamza is another bowler to watch out. The left-arm pacer has 21 T20 wickets under his belt.

    Sindh’s coach Basit Ali has picked Mohammad Asghar, a left-arm orthodox who will look to make the most of the assistance available from the surfaces in Multan and Rawalpindi. The 21-year-old has 57 wickets in the format and bowls at an economy of 7.21.

    Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel (vice-captain), Ahsan Ali, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azam Khan, Danish Aziz, Hassan Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Taha, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Khan.

    Player Support Personnel - Rashid Khan (manager), Basit Ali (head coach), Iqbal Imam (assistant coach), Imran Khalil (trainer), Imtiaz Khan (physio) and Mohammad Asim Hussain (analyst).


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    Southern Punjab held a training session in Multan today. They begin their National T20 Cup First XI tournament campaign against Central Punjab on 30 September.


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    SP have some really good bowling options. I’d be surprised if they don’t make it to the semis.

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