Friday, April 27, 2012
Pakistan name four Champions Trophy boys
PAKISTAN named their players for the Junior Asia Cup with a surprise inclusion of four players who played in the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand on Dec 3-11.
The four did not come down to Malaysia for the three series they played against Malaysia where Pakistan won the first two 5-3 and 4-3 before Project 2013 won the third 5-3.
The four Pakistan stalwarts are Syed Kashif Shah (19), Muhammad Tousiq (17), Ali Shan (19) and Muhammad Rizwan (18).
“I expected Pakistan to include the four players to strength en their team. The four also did not play in the Sultan of Johor Cup, but since they are in another group, the possibilities of playing them is only in the semi-finals,” said Project 2013 coach K. Dharmaraj.
India, automatic qualifiers, are in Group B with Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka. In Group A are Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Iran.
PLAYERS: Mazhar Abbas, Syed Kashif Shah (Vice-Capt), Muhammad Khalid, Aleem Bilal, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Tousiq, Tasawwar Abbas, Kashif Javed, Zohaib Ashraf, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Umar Bhutta (Capt), Muhammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Muhammad Suleman, Muhammad Umair, Hafiz Umer Sardar, Muhammad Jaffar and Hafiz Rizwan Ali.
OFFICIALS: Rana Mujahid Ali (Manager/Head Coach), Danish Kaleem, Anjum Saeed & Ahmed Alam (Coaches), Asad Abbas Shah (Team Doctor) & Syed Abu Zar Umrao (Video-Analyst).