31 U19 cricketers called for training ahead of World Cup 2022


Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited as many as 31 cricketers at their High-Performance Centre (NHPC) for training for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 in West Indies. 

According to the PCB, 29 out of 31 probables have been selected on the basis of their performance in PCB U19 three-day and one-day tournaments. However, Qasim Akram and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai made it into the list of players based on their performance in ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy’s First and Second XI Tournaments.

So far, Abdul Wahid has scored 229 runs in five matches, while Qasim Akram has scored 234 runs in six first-class QeA Trophy contests.

All the invited players are under the age of 19 as per ICC’s age criteria which only allows players born on or after 1 September 2002 to participate.

As per the PCB Covid-19 protocols, the 31 players will undergo tests at their respective bases. Those returning negative, will report at the NHPC on 31 December, where they will undergo second round of testing.

Following the second negative tests, the players will be allowed to integrate with the wider group and participate in the camp from 4 January under the watchful and experienced eyes of the NHPC coaches, including Atiq-uz-Zaman, Mohammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq and Umar Rashid.

Pakistan junior head coach Ijaz Ahmed will assume charge of the camp when he returns from New Zealand with the Pakistan Shaheens’ squad.

Some of the prominent players invited for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup West Indies 2022 camp are:

Northern’s Abdul Faseeh (total of 859 runs in the two PCB U19 events), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Maaz Sadaqat (559 runs in the two events), Balochistan’s wicketkeeper Haseebullah (490 runs and dismissed 21 batsmen behind wickets in the two events), Sindh Aaliyan Mehmood (44 wickets in the two events), Sindh’s Adeel Meo (41 wickets in the two events), Southern Punjab’s Faisal Akram (39 wickets in the two events) and Central Punjab’s Arham Nawab (38 wickets in the two events).

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Maaz Sadaqat, who scored 363 runs in the one-day competition and another 196 in the three-day event, is the youngest member of the list at just over 15 years and seven months.

31 probables are:

Batsmen – Abbas Ali (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Abdul Faseeh (Northern), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Balochistan), Aun Shehzad (Southern Punjab), Fahad Munir (Central Punjab), Maaz Sadaqat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mohammad Irfan Khan (Central Punjab), Mohammad Shehzad (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Waqas (Central Punjab), Mubashir Ali (Southern Punjab), Qasim Akram (Central Punjab) and Rizwan Mehmood (Sindh)

Wicketkeepers – Ghazi Ghori (Sindh), Haseebullah (Balochistan), Mohammad Raza-ul-Mustafa (Northern) and Salman Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

Fast bowlers – Ahmed Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Asim Ali (Sindh), Aurangzeb (Balochistan), Awais Abbas (Southern Punjab), Muneeb Wasif (Central Punjab), Tahir Hussain (Southern Punjab) and Zeeshan Zameer (Sindh)

Spinners – Adeel Meo (Sindh), Ali Asfand (Central Punjab), Aaliyan Mehmood (Sindh), Arham Nawab (Central Punjab), Faisal Akram (Southern Punjab), Ismail Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mehran Mumtaz (Northern) and Talha Ahsan (Sindh)

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