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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the U19 and Shaheens squads for their upcoming international tours. Saad Baig has been named captain of the Pakistan U19 squad, while Imran Butt will lead the Pakistan Shaheens. Both squads will be playing in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Saad Baig had previously captained the Pakistan U19 team against Bangladesh U19 in Multan. He had scored 117 runs in the four-day match, 30 runs in the one-day matches and 107 runs in the T20s. Meanwhile, Ali Asfand had also featured against Bangladesh in the U19 series last year. He scored 45 runs and took two wickets in the four-day match, contributed 26 runs and took two wickets in the one-dayers and claimed three wickets in the only T20.
The Pakistan U19 squad comprises 18 players born on or after September 1, 2004. The team includes players from all across the country, including Karachi, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sialkot, Lahore, Sahiwal, Mansehra, Sargodha, Islamabad and FATA. The tour schedule includes a four-day match in Chattogram, followed by five 50-over matches and an only T20 match in Rajshahi.
The Pakistan Shaheens squad for the tour of Zimbabwe comprises seven players who have previously represented Pakistan in international cricket. Imran Butt, who has been named captain, has featured in six Tests, while the others are Hussain Talat, Aamir Jamal, Kamran Ghulam, Mir Hamza, Sahibzada Farhan, and Shahnawaz Dahani. The team also includes players who have graduated from the U19 pathways cricket, including Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Huraira, Mubasir Khan, Qasim Akram, and Rohail Nazir.
For the first time, two players from Quetta have been selected for a national squad. They are Abdul Wahid Bangalzai and Haseebullah. The tour schedule for the Shaheens team includes two four-day matches in Kwekwe and Mutare, followed by five 50-over matches in Harare.
The Pakistan Cricket Board hopes that both teams will perform well on their international tours and make the country proud. The squads include some talented young cricketers who have the potential to become future stars of the game. The PCB has also ensured that appropriate safety protocols are in place to protect players and staff from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
|May 3-6||1st Four-day match||KSC, Kwekwe|
|May 10-13||2nd Four-day match||MSC, Mutare|
|May 17||1st 50-over match||TSC, Harare|
|May 19||2nd 50-over match||HSC, Harare|
|May 21||3rd 50-over match||HSC, Harare|
|May 23||4th 50-over match||OH, Harare|
|May 25||5th 50-over match||HSC, Harare|
|May 27||6th 50-over match||HSC, Harare|
U19 and Shaheens Squads
|Mohammad Tayyab Arif||Player||Sialkot|
|Imran Butt (captain)||6 Tests|
|Hussain Talat||1 ODI, 18 T20Is|
|Aamir Jamal||2 T20Is|
|Kamran Ghulam||1 ODI|
|Mir Hamza||3 Tests|
|Sahibzada Farhan||3 T20Is|
|Shahnawaz Dahani||2 ODIs, 11 T20Is|
|Abdul Wahid Bangalzai||N/A|
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