The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have named their squad for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year even as reports in the local media said that four of the 15 members were under scrutiny for being overaged.
Hasan Khan, the left-arm spinner who emerged as one of Quetta Gladiators’ brightest young prospects in last year’s Pakistan Super League, will captain the side. Hasan was also the top-scorer for Pakistan in the 2016 Under 19 World Cup with 293 runs but he failed to replicate the same form in the recent Under-19 Asia Cup, where he could only manage 39 runs as Pakistan lost to Afghanistan in the final.
However, according to a report in Pakistan Today, at least four of the players including Hasan might be in trouble for being older than 19 on the cut-off date. Apart from the captain, Imran Shah, Ali Zaryab and Emmad Alam were also being investigated.
According to International Cricket Council, “If more than one player from a team is found to be overage 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.”
The team will leave for Australia on December 21 after attending a training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore from December 7 to December 20. Before the World Cup, they will play a three-match against Australia Under-19s on December 27, 29, and 31 before playing two more 50-over games against New Zealand Under-19s on January 3 and 5. The tournament starts on January 13.
Pakistan, who are placed in Group D, will play their first game against Afghanistan Under-19 on January 13; Sri Lanka and Ireland are the other two teams in the same group.
Squad: Mohsin Khan, Imran Shah, Zaid Alam, Rohail Nazir (wk), Muhammad Taha, Emmad Alam, Ali Zaryab, Saad Khan, Hassan Khan (capt), Musa Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Munir Riaz, Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Ali, Suleiman Shafqat.
Reserve players: Muhammad Junaid, Haider Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Azam Khan, Mukhtar Ahmed.