Pakistan A team can give some players to the national team soon
Pakistan A is off to England, where they will face off Yorkshire, Glamorgan in a game each and then take part in a tri-angular ODI series against Sri Lanka A and England Lions from July 18.
Basit Ali, the coach of Pakistan A talked to Dawn News before departing from Lahore to Dubai from where he will travel to Manchester.
Basit Ali highlighted the importance of these second string tours, “Basically, these [second-string] tours worldwide, generally provide ground for those players who are knocking on the doors of top-level cricket.”
“There are many players around the world that had created an impact during these tours, “There are a number of instances in other countries when budding youngsters make a name for themselves while representing ‘A’ sides against good opposition.”
The former test cricketer of Pakistan looks positive and said that there will be around six to seven players ready from Pakistan A team to represent the national team.
“Mark my words, some of them will be ready for the senior selection within the next six months. If we are able to have six or seven players ready for top [international] cricket from the upcoming series of matches against Sri Lanka ‘A’ and England Lions, then I would consider myself as a successful coach,” said Basit Ali.
Pakistan A will be led by the young talented batsman, Babar Azam and the side is vice-captained by the find of the Pakistan Super League, Mohammad Nawaz.
The squad is comprised of Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Nawaz (VC), Sharjeel Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Jaahid Ali, Umar Siddiqui, Saud Shakeel, Abdul Rehman Muzammil, Mohammad Hassan (wicketkeeper), Bilawal Bhatti, Mir Hamza, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Azizullah, Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan.