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Pakistan include two legspinners in U-19 squad

Umar Farooq

June 6, 2012

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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.

Pakistan Under-19 squad for the Asia Cup

  • Babar Azam (capt), Sami Aslam, Imam ul Haq, Umar Waheed, Azizullah, Mir Hamza, Ehsan Adil, Salman Afridi (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Faraz Ali, Akhtar Waheed Kiyani, Zia-ul-Haq, Shahid Ilyas, Usman Qadir, Saad Ali, Jaahid Shoukat Ali
  • In: Mir Hamza (left-arm medium fast bowler), Imam-ul-Haq , Akhtar Waheed Kiyani, Jaahid Shoukat Ali (middle-order batsman)
  • Out: Mohamad Irfan, Shahan Akram, Fawad Khan, Saifullah Bangash, Adnan Mehmood

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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Posted by sirvivfan 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.

Posted by ifabbas 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.

Posted by funkyandy 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.

Posted by kanyu on (June 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT)


Posted by Zahidsaltin 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.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

zia ul haq is the future.

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