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Pakistan U19 cricket team to tour Bangladesh next month

LAHORE: Pakistan U19 cricket team will tour Bangladesh next month to play a four-day match and five 50-over One Day International matches.

As per the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 age criteria, players born or after 1 September 2002 have been selected. The Bangladesh team has won the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa last year.

The tour has been arranged to provide further exposure to Pakistan cricket’s future stars following an extensive camp at the start of the year at the National High Performance Centre in Lahore. The tour will also help prepare the players for next year’s U19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Prior to the 12 April departure, the team will play two 50-over practice matches besides a three-day match during a 10-day long camp in Lahore from 2-11 April. The 20-member squad has been chosen by the national junior’s selection committee in consultation with the Pakistan U19 head coach.

Pakistan U19 squad for Bangladesh tour includes batsmen Abbas Ali, Abdul Faseeh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Fahad Munir, Maaz Sadaqat, Mohammad Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Shehzad, Qasim Akram and Rizwan Mehmood

Haseebullah and Raza-ul-Mustafa are the two wicketkeepers in the teams. Spinners Aaliyan Mehmood, Ali Asfand, Arham Nawab and Faisal Akram and Fast bowlers Ahmed Khan, Asim Ali, Muneeb Wasif, Tahir Hussain and Zeeshan Zameer are also part of the team.

Six players who were part of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa have been retained in the squad. They are Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Fahad Munir, Qasim Akram, Mohammad Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Shehzad and Tahir Hussain.

The players and management will be tested for Covid-19 before entering the camp and those returning negative tests will move into a bio-secure environment for the team that will be setup in Lahore. 

The players and team management will be vaccinated for COVID-19 on 8 April and will depart for Dhaka on 12 April. The team will return to Pakistan for 6 May.

Tour schedule:

  • 12 April – Departure for Dhaka
  • 16-18 April – Training, Sylhet
  • 19-22 April – Four-day match; SICS, Sylhet
  • 26 April – 1st 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
  • 28 April – 2nd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
  • 30 April – 3rd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet
  • 3 May – 4th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka
  • 5 May – 5th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka
  • 6 May – Team return to Pakistan