Karachi, May 1, 2019: Pakistan disabled cricket association (PDCA) Thursday announced 15-member Pakistan Physical Disability Cricket Team to feature in Physical Disability World -series Worcestershire, England being played in England from August 5 to 13.
On behalf of Iqbal Imam, chief selector of Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA), who is in South Africa with Pakistan Women’s Team as a batting coach after the approval of former Pakistan captain and PDCA president Rashid Latif Member selection committee Muhammad Jawed announced the Pakistan Squad Name for Physical Disability World Series 2019.
Speaking at a news conference at the PCB Regional Academy NSK in connection with Pakistan team’s participation in the World -series, Jawed said: “The selection of the Pakistan team was very difficult because we had a bunch of talented players who performed exceptionally at domestic and international levels.
The selection was done after players took part in the fitness camp in National stadium Karachi supervised by PCB Physio Sardar Imran, trainer Rashid Qureshi head coach Sabih Azhar, along with Iqbal Imam, member selection committee M Jawed, Javed Ashraf and PDCA secretary Amiruddin Ansari.
Jawed further said “Players retained from the Physical Disability Tri -Series 2018 winning party include: Nihar Alam (captain), Matloob Qureshi, Muhammad Shahbaz, Saifullah, Wajid Alam, Jahanzaib Tiwana, Hasnain Alam, Majid Hussain, Abdullah Ejaz, Wakif Shah, Muhammad Haris and Farhan Saeed. “ Two emerging players middle ordeal batsman Hamza Hameed and Medium pacer Hammad Shoukat have been selected after they best performance in Pentangular cup while the promising all-rounder Zubair Saleem is also selected his excellent performance.
The selector is very confident in the selected players and claimed that it is ‘balanced’ side and can win the tri-series. “There are both spinners and fast bowlers in the squad,” he said and added: “We will take a strong middle order with openers in the T20 format. Nihar Alam will lead once again the Pakistan team in the World Series event.” we are the winner of the last tri – Series was also played in England in last year in that time England was the runner -up.
The Selectors also named four-reserve players while team officials will announce later because the organizer allowed only five officials but we try and request sensed to the organizer to allow more official. Former Pakistan Captain Waseem Bari, Representative PCB Arshad Khan, Vice President PDCA Fawad Mustafa, Media Manager Muhammad Nizam, Member Board of Director Sadiq Khatri were also present on the occasion.
Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team Waseem Bari appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association to promote the Disabled Cricket not in Pakistan also around the World, I am very hopeful the Pakistan Physically Disabled Cricket Team will be the Winner in up-coming World Series in England.
The Hon’ secretary PDCA told the media Pakistan defeated England by 70 runs at The Kidderminster CC 2018 to become only the country in the history of the Physical Disability cricket to win all two tri – Nation Series was runner-up 5 -Nation events, also defeated England in two series both ODI and T-20 at ICC Academy Dubai in 2010 & 2012, Pakistan also host the ODI and T-20 Series in 2015 at Karachi in which Pakistan was the winner with clean sweep.
Pakistan physical Disability cricketers’ two-day conditioning camp will be held at the PCB Regional Academy after Eid while the week-long training camp will be held in third week July and the team will leave for England on July 2nd August.
Pakistan will play their opening match against host England August 5, against Afghanistan on August 6, against Bangladesh on August 8, while the big match between Pakistan and India will play August 9.
Amiruddin added that we are very thankful to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) especially to MD Waseem Khan to given big support and I am very hopeful the PCB will also support to Pakistan team in World series I must say thanks ECB to promoted physical disability cricket in England and other countries.
Amiruddin thanked former Pakistan captain and PDCA president Rashid Latif, who supported and working day & night for the disabled cricketers since a very long time. Pakistan Disabled team captain said I am very confident selected Pakistan in the balanced side we are capable to win the World series I am also the thanked media for high light our performance domestic and international level I promise with your’s support we can win the World series and other events.
Nihar Alam (capt), Jahanzeb Tiwana (vc), Hasnain Alam, Saif Ullah (wk), M Shahbaz, Wajid Alam, Majid Hussain, Hamza Hameed, Abdullah Ejaz, Waqaf Shah, Hammad Shaukat, Matloob Qureshi, M Haris, Zubair Saleem, Farhan Saeed. Reserve players: Rehan Ghani Mirza, Adil Abbasi, Kashif Nawaz, Arif Richard and Sher Ali.