All-rounder Qasim Akram to lead Pakistan in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022

Qasim Akram will lead Pakistan U19 squad in U-19 Asia Cup in UAE later this month and ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 in West Indies

By Web Desk
December 02, 2021
Pakistan's U-19 team captain Qasim Akram plays a shot during a match. Photo Source:Twitter

Central Punjab's all-rounder Qasim Akram will lead Pakistan U19 squad in both U-19 Asia Cup in UAE later this month and ICC U-19 World Cup 2022 set to held in January-February in West Indies. 

Pakistan Shaheens and U19 head coach Ijaz Ahmed will lead the support staff on the two tours, while the squad also includes two travelling reserves besides the final 15 for both events.

While, the Chairman Junior Selection Committee Saleem Jaffer said: "Selection of U19 squads is always one of the most challenging and difficult tasks due to the available pool of talent. And this selection was no different, but we have tried to pick the best available 17 players who can help Pakistan win the World Cup for the country."

Jaffer added: "The PCB has prepared a robust plan for pathways cricket and I can assure all teenage cricketers who have missed out on selection this time that they will get a chance at some stage down the line.''

He also said: "I want to congratulate the 17 players who have made into the squad for the UAE and the West Indies tournaments. I remain confident that this side has the capability and potential to do well in both the upcoming events."

The squad also includes four players who took part in the the last U19 World Cup in South Africa where Pakistan finished third. Qasim Akram, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Mohammad Shehzad, Irfan Khan Niazi were the four players to feature in 2020 event.

Pakistan Squad: Qasim Akram (captain, Central Punjab), Abdul Faseeh (Northern), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (Balochistan), Ahmed Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Ali Asfand (Central Punjab), Arham Nawab (Central Punjab), Awais Ali (Central Punjab), Faisal Akram (Southern Punjab), Haseebullah (wicketkeeper, Balochistan), Irfan Khan Niazi (Central Punjab), Maaz Sadaqat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mehran Mumtaz (Northern), Mohammad Shehzad (Southern Punjab), Rizwan Mehmood (Sindh) and Zeeshan Zameer (Sindh)

Traveling reserves: Ghazi Ghori (wicketkeeper, Sindh), Mohammad Zeeshan (Central Punjab).

Support staff: Ijaz Ahmed (Head coach), Rao Iftikhar Anjum (Bowling coach), Mohtashim Rasheed (Fielding coach), Mohammad Javed (Strength and Conditioning coach), Waleed Ahmed (Analyst), Hafiz Naeem-ul-Rasool (physiotherapist) and Taimur Azam (Manager).