Youngster Qasim Akram to lead Pakistan’s T20 cricket squad at Asian Games. Youthful team, including Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, aims for gold in Hangzhou, China, from Sep 28 – Oct 7.
In an exciting development for cricket enthusiasts, young talent Qasim Akram has been appointed as the captain of the Pakistan men’s cricket team for the upcoming Asian Games T20 tournament, scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 28 to October 7. The tournament promises to be a platform for emerging players to showcase their prowess on the international stage, as Pakistan fields a youthful, second-string squad in preparation for the T20 World Cup.
The selection of Akram as captain is a notable decision, given that neither he nor the vice-captain have previously played international cricket for Pakistan. This move underscores Pakistan’s commitment to nurturing and providing opportunities to promising players on the cusp of entering the international arena.
The squad comprises a mix of young talents and a few recognizable names, including Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir, who are expected to provide the team with valuable experience. Interestingly, only eight out of the fifteen selected players have prior international experience for Pakistan.
Many members of the squad have recently featured for the Shaheens, a platform that has proven to be instrumental in their development. The team participated in a successful tour of Zimbabwe, engaging in two four-day games and six 50-over matches. They also clinched the ACC Emerging Cup in Sri Lanka and secured the runners-up position in a T20 tournament in Darwin.
Pakistan will join the tournament at the quarter-final stage, with their first match scheduled for early October. The tournament’s final match is slated for October 7. The team’s preparations are being closely monitored as the young squad aims to make a mark and claim the coveted gold medal in T20 cricket.
Cricket has previously been part of the Asian Games in Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014, with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka emerging victorious in those editions respectively. This year, Pakistan’s men’s and women’s cricket teams are set to compete in the event. The women’s competition will take place prior to the men’s tournament, with the women’s team led by Nida Dar.
The Pakistan men’s cricket squad for the Asian Games includes:
- Qasim Akram (capt)
- Omair Bin Yousuf
- Aamir Jamal
- Arafat Minhas
- Arshad Iqbal
- Asif Ali
- Haider Ali
- Khushdil Shah
- Mirza Tahir Baig
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Muhammad Akhlaq (wk)
- Rohail Nazir (wk)
- Shahnawaz Dahani
- Sufiyan Muqeem
- Usman Qadir
The cricketing world eagerly anticipates the performance of this dynamic squad as they strive to bring glory to their nation in the Asian Games T20 cricket tournament.