Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to conduct open trials for U19 cricketers across six venues including Quetta, Rawalpindi, Abbottabad, Lahore, Karachi, Multan.
The trials will be conducted from September 16-19 on all six venues and the shortlisted players will get the chance to represent cricket associations in the upcoming National One-Day U19 Tournament from 13 October and National Three-Day U19 Tournament from 5 November.
Interested candidates who are born on or after 1 September 2001 will be eligible for the trials and cam register themselves at ‘[email protected]’ or PCB’s provided WhatsApp (+321 436 5021, +303 444 5879 and +331 436 8821).
Following the two-day activity, 40 players will be shortlisted for each of the six Cricket Associations, who will feature in trial matches, on 18 and 19 September, to stake claims in the final 20-player squads.
The trials will be held under strict Covid-19 protocols, which are available below along with the schedule of the trials. The players are advised to bring their own food items and energy drinks to keep themselves hydrated.
National High Performance Centre coaches will be involved in the trial processes at the LCCA ground in Lahore and the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Trials in Abbottabad, Karachi, Multan, Quetta will be conducted by members of the National Junior Selection Committee, who will be joined by the teams’ head coaches.
Saleem Jaffar, Chairman of the National Junior Selection Committee, said: “The PCB has been encouraged by the government’s decision to open educational institutions from 15 September and has now decided to hold open trials for the selection of six U19 sides for the National Three-Day and One-Day Tournaments.
“The selectors had initially invited limited number of players due to the evolving Covid-19, while taking into consideration the youngsters’ health and safety.”
Trials breakdown (trials will be held from 0800-1800):
Day one, 16 September, trials for local players
Day two, 17 September, trials for outstation players
Day three and four, 18-19 September, trials of shortlisted players
16-19 September – Balochistan, Bugti Stadium. Selection panel: Wajahatullah Wasti, Hussain Khosa and Mazhar Deenari
16-19 September – Central Punjab, LCCA Ground. Selection panel: Coach National High Performance Centre, Tanveer Shoukat and Irfan Fazil
16-19 September – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abbottabad Stadium. Selection panel: Taufiq Umar, Saqib Faqir and Mohammad Siddiq
16-19 September – Northern, Pindi Cricket Stadium. Selection panel: Coach National High Performance, Bilal Ahmed and Fahad Akram
16-19 September – Sindh, National Stadium. Selection panel: Sanaullah Baloch, Tahir Mehmood and Hanif Malik
16-19 September – Southern Punjab, Multan Cricket Stadium. Selection panel: Saleem Jaffer, Kamran Khan and Hafiz Majid Jahangir