Pakistan ‘A’ tour to England found some potential players for the national team
Pakistan ‘A’ head coach, Basit Ali seemed satisfied with the team’s performance in England against Sri Lanka ‘A’ and England Lions, he claimed that the tour has unearthed four to five talented players for Pakistan.
Pakistan ‘A’ managed to draw the unofficial test series against Sri Lanka ‘A’ with 1-1, however, they won both of their games against Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the triangular ODI series, while, England Lions proved to be too hot to handle for both Pakistan ‘A’ as they lost both their games against the hosts.
Despite of the result, Basit Ali is happy with the tour. He talked to Express Tribune and said, “I can say that the likes of Saud Shakil, Hasan Ali, Jaahid Ali, Shadab Khan and Mir Hamza have been unearthed on this A tour,” he further stated, “They had been performing well at different levels in domestic cricket, but it was a different challenge to perform in England and I’m really happy with them. I’m pretty optimistic that out of these players, we’ll see some of them with the national team very soon.”
The skipper, Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan were the outstanding performers for Pakistan ‘A’ and they have been heavily praised by their coach.
Azam was the highest scorer for Pakistan ‘A’ in the unofficial test series against Sri Lanka ‘A’, where he piled up 159 runs in two matches, while Mohammad Nawaz made 138 runs with seven wickets to his name as well. On the other hands, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Hasan and Jahid Ali put 137, 100 and 96 runs respectively in the one match that they played.
Hasan was the best bowler for Pakistan ‘A’ in tests with 11 wickets, however, Azizullah and Mir Hamza got 8 and 7 wickets respectively.
In the triangular ODI series, Sharjeel Khan was the top scorer for Pakistan ‘A’ with 253 runs in four matches that included a century and a score in 90s. Jahid Ali also scored a ton and a half-century in the tournament as his total was 180 runs.
The allrounders. Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Alli stood as the highest wicket takers during the tournament with seven and five wickets respectively.