Pakistan news June 6, 2012

Pakistan include two legspinners in U-19 squad

Pakistan have included two legspinners, Usman Qadir, the son of former Pakistan legspinner Abdul Qadir, and Akhtar Waheed, for the upcoming Under-19 Asia Cup to be held in Malaysia later this month. The 16-member squad has been selected with the Under-19 World Cup in Australia later this year in mind.

Usman has been a part of the Pakistan Under-19 set-up since 2009. During the team's tour of South Africa in January, which included a triangular tournament and a bilateral series, Usman picked up 15 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 23.80.

The side will be led by the 17-year old batsman Babar Azam who recently played as part of the PCB Blues team in Twenty20 practise matches for Pakistan's top-rung players. He also scored 265 runs, with two half-centuries and a hundred from five matches, in this year's Faysal Bank One Day National Cup.

Left-arm fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq, who represents Pakistan International Airlines, has also been included in the squad along with opening batsman Faraz Ali. Most of the players that won the three-match youth ODI series against South Africa have been retained, including wicket-keeper Salman Afridi, who had replaced Saifullah Bangash.

Pakistan will play India in the opening game of the U-19 Asia Cup on June 24. The other participating teams include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Malaysia and Qatar. The tournament will be a precursor to the U-19 World Cup in Australia during August.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • muhammed on June 7, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    No doubt they are the future. They need to be looked fafter and perhaps as part of their development should try to spend a season in South Africa and Austrailia playing grade cricket. This will will no doubt strenghen their development and improve their life skills.

  • Farrukh on June 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Babar is a gifted player and in near future he'll be part of Pakistan team. He is also cousin of Kamran Akmal. He is natural stroke maker like his cousins.

  • Andy on June 7, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    I watched the last U-19 WC and Babar Azam was clearly one of the best players in that tournament. He is a supremely gifted player (he's also a very good off spinner) - a future star of Pakistan cricket.

  • ramiz on June 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT


  • shahid on June 7, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    watch out Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Umar Waheed, ZIa-ul Haq and Salman Qadir. They all are futur pakistan players. On second thought I won't exclude Ehsan Adil from thos list.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    zia ul haq is the future.

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