Pakistan U19 squad returns negative in COVID-19 tests


KARACHI: Pakistan U19 squad has returned negative in their first COVID-19 testing ahead of the Bangladesh tour. 

Following the clearance from the widely-spread virus, the squad will gather in Lahore to undergo a training camp before leaving for Bangladesh. The squad will undergo second testing upon their arrival in Lahore on April 1.

After two negative results, the squad will resume training at NCA from April 2. A ten-day training camp will allow players to prove their mettle for final selection.

After the training camp, as many as 17 players will be shortlisted for the tour. The team is scheduled to depart on April 11.

The green shirts are scheduled to play four-day and five 50-over matches against Bangladesh.

Pakistan’s 20-member squad

Batsmen – Abbas Ali, Abdul Faseeh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Fahad Munir, Maaz Sadaqat, Mohammad Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Shehzad, Qasim Akram and Rizwan Mehmood

Wicketkeepers – Haseebullah and Raza-ul-Mustafa

Spinners – Aaliyan Mehmood, Ali Asfand, Arham Nawab and Faisal Akram

Fast bowlers – Ahmed Khan, Asim Ali, Muneeb Wasif, Tahir Hussain and Zeeshan Zameer

Tour schedule:

16-18 April – Training, Sylhet
19-22 April – Four-day match; SICS, Sylhet
26 April – 1st 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
28 April – 2nd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
30 April – 3rd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
3 May – 4th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka
5 May – 5th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka

READ: Here’s Pakistan’s U19 squad for Bangladesh tour