PCB appoint Qasim Akram U19 captain for Bangladesh tour

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PCB appoint Qasim Akram U19 captain for Bangladesh tour / Photo: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced batting all-rounder Qasim Akram the captain of Pakistan U19 team for its upcoming tour of Bangladesh scheduled later this month.

The national U19 team will play a four-day game and five 50-over fixtures against the Bengal Tigers in Sylhet and Dhaka from April 23 to May 10.

“It is a big honour for me to lead Pakistan U19, the last one year has been a good one for me and I am thankful to the team management and selectors who have reposed their confidence in me,” Qasim was quoted as saying in the PCB press release.

The 18-year-old lived up to his potential in the 2020-21 domestic season as he made a big impression in all three formats for Central Punjab playing eight first-class, 12 List A and 10 T20 matches.

“My aim would be to guide the team to the best of my ability and to pass on the experiences of my maiden domestic season during the tour as we build towards next year’s ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in the West Indies,” he added.

The selectors have trimmed the 20-player squad to a 17-member party with fast bowler Asim Ali, off-spinner Arham Nawab and batsman Rizwan Mehmood failing to make the cut but they will continue to train with the squad till the side’s departure for Dhaka on April 17.

The pre-tour training camp, which is currently taking place at the Gaddafi Stadium, will move to the National High Performance Centre on April 12.

Pakistan U19 team for Bangladesh tour:

Qasim Akram (C), Abbas Ali, Abdul Faseeh, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Aaliyan Mehmood, Ahmed Khan, Ali Asfand, Fahad Munir, Faisal Akram, Haseebullah (wk), Maaz Sadaqat, Mohammad Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Shehzad, Muneeb Wasif, Raza-ul-Mustafa (wk), Tahir Hussain and Zeeshan Zameer

Tour schedule:

23-26 April – Four-day match; SICS, Sylhet

30 April – 1st 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

2 May – 2nd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

4 May – 3rd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

7 May – 4th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka

9 May – 5th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka

PCB appoint Qasim Akram U19 captain for Bangladesh tour