Rohail Appointed PakU19 Captain For Sri Lanka Tour
Faizan Hashmi 6 days ago Tue 16th April 2019 | 11:05 PM
LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Apr, 2019 ) :Rohail Nazir, who scored a century on his first-class debut this season, has been appointed as Pakistan U19 captain for next month's series against Sri Lanka.
Rohail was vice-captain in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand where Pakistan finished third after their third-fourth place play-off against Afghanistan. Rohail finished the tournament with 140 runs and 14 dismissals, and later went on to captain Pakistan U19 in the U19 Asia Cup in September/October 2018.
Mohammad Taha, who was also part of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 squad, has been appointed as vice-captain. Taha, a left-handed top-order batsman, scored 54 runs in five matches in New Zealand and is yet to make his first-class debut.
Saim Ayub is the other notable cricketer to find a place in the side. The left-hander had previously captained Pakistan U16 on the tour to Australia in April 2018 and was also part of the side that featured in the ACC U19 Asia Cup last year in Bangladesh.
Keeping in mind the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa, the junior selection committee headed by Basit Ali has selected players who were born on or after 1 September 2000 so that they remain eligible for next year's global event to be played from 17 January to 9 February 2020.
Pakistan U19 will play two four-day matches against Sri Lanka U19 in Galle (3-6 May) and Hambantota (9-12 May), before taking on Sri Lanka U19 in three 50-over matches in Hambantota (15 and 17 May) and Galle (20 May).
Squad (in alphabetical order): Rohail Nazir (captain, wicketekeeper) (Islamabad) Mohammad Taha (vice-captain) (Karachi) Abbas Afridi (FATA) Akhtar Shah (Quetta) Basit Ali (Multan) Haider Ali (Rawalpindi) Khayyam Khan (wicketkeeper) (Abbottabad) Mohammad Haris (Peshawar) Mohammad Junaid (Quetta) Mohammad Wasim (FATA) Niaz Khan (Peshawar) Saim Ayub (Karachi) Shiraz Khan (Rawalpindi) Suleman Shafqat (Faisalabad) Qasim Akram (Lahore) Reserves: Amir Ali (Larkana) Irfan Niazi (Faisalabad) Mohammad Amir (Peshawar) Nadir Shah (Karachi) Said Nazir (FATA) Team management: Azam Khan (coach-cum-manager), Mohtashim Rasheed (assistant coach), Faheem Shah (physiotherapist), Saboor Ahmed (trainer), Usman Hashmi (analyst) Tour schedule: 30 April - Departure for Colombo 3-6 May - 1st four-day match, Galle 9-12 May - 2nd four-day match, Hambantota 15 May - 1st 50-over match, Hambantota 17 May - 2nd 50-over match, Hambantota 20 May - 3rd 50-over match, Galle