2018 ICC U-19 World Cup

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 trophy

    The Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 has been announced. The Junior Selection Committee headed by Basit Ali, has selected a 15-member squad and four reserve players for the mega tournament.

    The U-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on December 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018.

    The team will then feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup starting from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand.

    The training camp for the U-19 team will be set up at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore from December 7 to December 20, 2017. The team will depart for Australia on December 21, 2017.

    Mohsin Khan, Imran Shah, Zaid Alam, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper, vice captain), Muhammad Taha, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab, Saad Khan, Hassan Khan (captain), Musa Khan, Shaheen Shah, Munir Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali, Suleman Shafqat

    Reserve Players:

    Muhammad Junaid, Haider Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Azam Khan, Mukhtair Ahmad (wicketkeeper)

  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Many under-achievers from Asia Cup retained in U-19 World Cup squad

    LAHORE: Making five changes in the squad that participated in the Under-19 Asia Cup last month in Malaysia, the Junior Selection Committee of PCB headed by former opener Basit Ali, announced a 15-member Pakistan team for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 which will be played in New Zealand from Jan 13.

    The Pakistan junior team will be playing an ODI series against Australia and New Zealand prior to the start of the mega event.

    Though Pakistan played the final of the Asia Cup last month, its performance was not outstanding by any count as it tasted defeat twice at the hands of Afghanistan — first in the group match and then in the final by a big margin of 186 runs.

    Pakistan barely made the final by earning a two-run win against Bangladesh in the semifinal on D/L method. Earlier, they only managed to defeat Sri Lanka by three wickets and UAE by 226 runs.

    The selectors on Tuesday did remove some of the under performing players of the Asia Cup but several ordinary performers are still part of the World Cup squad.

    The players who have been axed from the squad on Tuesday are Umair Yousuf, Abdullah Shafiq, Hammad Khan, Asghar Qureshi and Haider Ali, though the last named was not tested in a single match of the Asia Cup.

    Umair, who played only two matches scoring just 10 runs and Abdullah Shafiq who could score only 81 from five matches have been dropped. Hammad Khan who played just two matches to score 11 runs and took one wicket have also failed to find a place in the team while Zaid Alam, who was injured and could not play any match of the Asia Cup, has been retained.

    Young Imran Shah, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab and Arshad Iqbal are the new entrants in the squad.

    Quite surprisingly, Hassan Khan has been retained as skipper, despite having no impressive performance to his credit. He took seven wickets for 141 runs in the Asia Cup and scored just 39 runs from five matches.

    Other under achievers who have retained their places are wicket-keeper Rohail Nazir (98 runs from five matches), M Mohsin (40 runs from four matches), off-spinner Hammad Khan (one wicket), Saad Khan (69 runs from five matches) and Muhammad Ali who did not play any match in the Asia Cup.

    Those who have managed to retain their places on merit include right-arm fast bowler Musa Khan, who remained top wicket-taker for Pakistan with nine wickets at the average of 13.22 in Asia Cup, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (seven wickets, averages 23.14), right-arm fast Munir Riaz (eight wickets, averages 17.13), and batsman Muhammad Taha who remained top scorer with 250 runs at the averages 50.00.

    Meanwhile, a PCB press release stated: “The Under-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on Dec 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on Jan 3 and Jan 5, 2018, respectively. Later, the team will feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup commencing from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand. The training camp for the U-19 team will be setup at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore from Dec 7-20, and the team will depart for Australia on Dec 21.

  3. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2011
    Will be tough in NZ conditions. Looking forward to seeing Shaheen Shah bowl.
  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Pakistan under-19 team not so under-19

    Pakistan’s future in the upcoming U19 ICC Junior World Cup has been put in doubt after discrepancies were discovered in the ages of at least four of the players in the 15-man squad, including Captain Hasan Khan.

    The revelations come in the wake of criticism over the players chosen in the team, especially the visible exclusion of players such as Muhammad Ali and Haider Ali, both of whom are top performers in the domestic circuit.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the team for next year’s U19 World Cup Tuesday that included the names of Captain Hasan Khan, along with Ahmad Alam, Imran Shah and Zaryab. The above-named players had all come under scrutiny during the selection process for last year’s U19 Asia Cup in which they were declared well over the age of 19 by then team physician Doctor Riaz.

    If the named players are to go to the tournament next year, they could prove to be a real liability as the Event Technical Committee chairman has the right to call in any player for examination or confirmation of age at his discretion. The penalty for the presence of multiple age-related offenders may even amount to disqualification, a humiliating exit if there ever was one.

    According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rules on age determination, “If more than one player from a team is found to be over age then IDI (ICC Development International, the commercial arm of the International Cricket Council) retains the right to disqualify the whole team and the chairman of the Event Technical Committee shall notify the IDI Board accordingly.”

    Hasan Khan, who is supposed to lead the team in the World Cup, has already played in the 2017 U19 Asia Cup as skipper despite having been declared over 19 before the same tournament the previous year.

    Officially, as of today (Dec 6), Hasan Khan is 19 years and 51 days old. He had first burst onto the scene with his slow left-arm orthodox bowling during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where he emerged as 17 years old. The timeline would indicate that he is indeed the age he claims, but this brings under scrutiny the role of Dr Riaz in the assessment of the players in question.

    Cricket analysts have said that “no matter where the discrepancy arose, it ‘certainly began somewhere’”. If Hasan Khan and the others actually are over the ICC’s required age limit, then it is a situation which the PCB should never allow, given the very strict regulations that the ICC has been putting on junior tournaments in recent years. On the other hand, if they are indeed the correct ages, then the team physician should be held accountable for being the reason for these young players missing out on valuable ground time against international opponents.

    Meanwhile, there remained great unrest amongst pundits over certain players being overlooked in the selection process and others being relegated to the reserve players’ category. Among those that have sidelined are Muhammad Ali, who recently broke a record by taking 53 scalps in a domestic season and batsman Haider Ali, who scored a mammoth 950 runs in his domestic season.

  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Ramiz Raja visits Pakistan U19 World Cup bound camp

    LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain and opener Ramiz Raja on Thursday visited the Pakistan Under 19 World Cup bound camp to share some tips with the young guns of Pakistan.

    He was visiting the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore to give a pep talk to the youngsters who have been selected for the U-19 World Cup to be played in New Zealand in January next year. Raja talked about the mental games and the importance of psychological strength on the cricket field. Raja was part of the side that won the only ODI World Cup Pakistan has won.


    Earlier, PCB announced a 15-member squad for the upcomming ICC Under-19 World Cup. The U-19 team will feature in a three-match ODI series against Australia on December 27, 29 and 31, 2017 and later will travel to New Zealand to play two ODI matches on January 3 and January 5, 2018.

    The team will then feature in the ICC U-19 World Cup starting from January 13, 2018 in New Zealand. The team will depart for Australia on December 21, 2017.

  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Pak U-19 team to draw inspiration from past WC glories: Hasan Khan

    Karachi [Pakistan], Dec 11 (ANI): Hasan Khan, who is all set to lead Pakistan in the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, has said that his side would look to draw inspiration from their previous victories in the prestigious tournament.

    The 19-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Karachi Whites in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season, insisted that Pakistan's current U-19 squad was quite capable of emulating their past performances and that they would surely make the country proud.

    "Indeed, the achievements of Pakistan's Under 19 squads in the past are for all of us to see and admire. We have won this tournament twice in 2004 and 2006 and my team and I will look to draw inspiration from these victories," Pakpassion.net quoted Hasan Khan, as saying.

    "The current squad we have is fully capable of emulating the performances of the past and God willing, we will give a good account of ourselves in the upcoming World Cup which will make our nation proud," he added.

    Hasan Khan, who led Pakistan to the finals of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in his first stint as captain, further said that the upcoming prestigious tournament would be a good test of his leadership abilities and that he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.

    "I wouldn't say that it is pressure. Instead, I would like to look at it as a challenge and quite frankly, I am quite enjoying this as a good test of my leadership abilities. I am not feeling any tension at all as I have some great support from the team management as well as my team and that has really given me a lot of confidence in my own abilities," he said.

    Hasan further said that he would aim to lead his team from the front in the ICC event and would bring in all the experience that he has gained so far.

    Talking about the squad, Hasan believes this is the best group of players that they have in Pakistan at the moment while also expressing confidence that this team would surely emerge out victorious in the World Cup.

    "These are all very hard-working players who have shown exceptional skills with bat and ball and I am proud to be leading this group. We have some brilliant fast bowlers as well and this is a well-balanced squad. I feel that with a squad of such abilities, we have a great chance to take on the best teams and also win the World Cup," he said.

    The ICC U-19 World Cup is slated to be played in New Zealand from January13 till February 3 next year. (ANI)


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