Ibrahim to lead Pakistan Under-19s
Mohammad Ibrahim, the right-hand batsman from Rawalpindi, will lead the Pakistan Under-19 team in two-four day matches against the touring India U-19 squad, as the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) junior selection committee announced the 16-member squad on Friday.
Ibrahim is one among two members of the squad which won the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka earlier this year, the other being Imad Wasim, the left-arm spinner. The squad for the one-day matches will be announced later, on the basis of the Inter-Regional Under-19 Tournament from September 5.
India will arrive on September 4 and are scheduled to play their four-day matches in Rawalpindi and Peshawar respectively, followed by a four-match one day series.
However, it has been reported that the second four-day match might be shifted to Abbottabad, due to ongoing work at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar. While the levelling work has been completed, it is uncertain whether the work on the outfield will be completed in time.
Anwar Zeb Jan, regional development manager of the PCB in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), said that Abbottabad would be ready to host the match.
Pakistan Under-19: Mohammad Ibrahim (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Syed Fawad, Shan Masood, Saadullah Ghori, Zeeshan Jameel, Ali Waqas, Behram Khan, Abdul Rauf, Raza Rehman, Rahatullah, Adil Raza, Mohammad Naveed, Immad Wasim, Nayeer Abbas, Shahzeb Khan