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Pakistan Cup 2019: A detailed look at all the teams, captains and schedule

Pakistan Cup 2019: All teams, captains, stats and schedule
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The Pakistan Cup (2019) is a List A cricket competition held in Pakistan where 5 different regional teams compete against each other. This is the 4th edition of the tournament where the Federal Areas will be defending their crown. The tournament is to be held between 2-12 April with all the matches being played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

It is also a great platform for the players to stake their claim for a spot in the World Cup squad, as quoted by Shafiq Ahmed, General Manager Domestic Cricket PCB:

“The players who do well can come into consideration for a World Cup spot, I also request the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to turn up in big numbers and support a top-class tournament.”

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Teams and Schedule

The full schedule for the tournament along with the squads has been announced by PCB. The tournament started on April 2 and will end on 12th April 2019.

All the teams are comprised of a 15-man squad that is hand-picked by the announced captain and Coach.

 

Federal Areas

Federal Areas have won back to back Pakistan Cups, winning the previous two editions and will be surely looking to add to their tally.

The Skipper

Federal Areas will be led by the Muhammad Rizwan (also the wicketkeeper) who will be joining the team shortly after returning from UAE series where he performed brilliantly, scoring two centuries. He emphasized the fact that he wanted to join the World Cup squad and this tournament might just be his ticket.

The Squad

  1. Muhammad Rizwan (c) (wk)
  2. Ahmed Shahzad
  3. Asad Afridi
  4. Bilal Asif
  5. Muhammad Nawaz
  6. Khurram Shahzad
  7. Israrullah
  8. Nihal Mansoor
  9. Ramiz Raja Jr.
  10. Sadaf Hussain
  11. Sameen Gul
  12. Saud Shakil
  13. Sohaib Maqsood
  14. Waqas Maqsood
  15. Zia-ul-Haq

Players to watch out for

Ahmed Shahzad, top scorer in Pakistan Cup, and Muhammad Nawaz had fantastic PSL campaigns but they still haven’t been in contention for the World Cup squad, much to their disappointment. However, this tournament might just give them another chance to show the selectors just what they will be missing.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, the winners of the inaugural edition, were the finalists in last year’s Pakistan Cup where the narrowly missed out to the Federal Areas. They were dealt a huge blow for this year as their skipper, Muhammad Hafeez, was ruled out due to a hand injury.

The Skipper

In the absence of Muhammad Hafeez, the captaincy duties have been handed over to Salman Butt who is playing his trade to revive his international career. Despite his poor PSL campaign, he has been handed another opportunity as he looks to make his mark.

The Squad

  1. Salman Butt (c)
  2. Abid Ali
  3. Adil Amin
  4. Adnan Akmal (wk)
  5. Faizan Riaz
  6. Khushdil Shah
  7. Mohammad Irfan
  8. Umaid Asif
  9. Mohammad Saad
  10. Sohail Khan
  11. Muhammad Musa
  12. Wahab Riaz
  13. Muhammad Irfan
  14. Zeeshan Malik
  15. Zohaib Khan

Players to watch out for

The KPK team is stacked with World-Class bowlers including the likes of Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Irfan. Wahab Riaz had a fantastic PSL where he demolished the opposition teams with his lethal death bowling and took Peshawar Zalmi to the final. And he can definitely come in handy if called up for the World Cup 2019. The teenage sensation, Muhammad Musa, would be gutted not being given a chance against Australia but he will look to make his case stronger during this tournament. Another one, looking to set his sights on the World Cup is this guy:

Abid Ali looked a class act on his debut as he scored a century in his first ODI for the national team and is definitely one to watch out for.

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Balochistan

Balochistan were the finalists in the 2nd edition. However, they were disappointing in the last term as they finished bottom of the table but their hopes will be high after Quetta finaly lifted the PSL trophy.

 

The Skipper

Balochistan side will be captained by the all experienced Asad Shafiq, who will look to bring all his experience to this side. Speaking to the media ahead of the tournament, he said:

“We have a very good team, especially for the 50 overs format. The tournament is a big opportunity for all the players to prove their worth at a big stage.”

The Squad

  1. Asad Shafiq (c)
  2. Ali Imran
  3. Ammad Butt
  4. Awais Zia
  5. Bismillah Khan (wk)
  6. Fawad Alam
  7. Ghulam Mudassar
  8. Haris Rauf
  9. Mohammad Irfan
  10. Qaiser Ashraf
  11. Taj Wali
  12. Umer Khan
  13. Umar Akmal
  14. Waqar Hussain (wk)
  15. Zeeshan Ashraf

Players to watch out for

Debate has been going on around the inclusion of Umar Akmal in the World Cup squad after his latest setback and breaking the rules.

Nonetheless, he gets another shot at staking his claim for the WC squad and silencing the critics if he performs upto the standards. Haris Rauf has also impressed a number of people with his pace and accuracy in PSL and he is one to watch out for.

Punjab

Punjab were the finalists of the first edition of Pakistan Cup but have since been a disappointment since. Will they be able to perform, only time will tell.

The Skipper

Punjab will be led by the wicket keeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal. Kamran Akmalhas had a very torrid time in the PSL where he failed to make much of an impact but will be looking to turn things around, both for himself and his team.

The Squad

  1. Kamran Akmal (c) (wk)
  2. Hussain Talat
  3. Bilawal Bhatti
  4. Ehsan Adil
  5. Fahad Iqbal
  6. Iftikhar Ahmed
  7. Kashif Bhatti
  8. Khurram Manzoor
  9. Mohammad Asghar
  10. Mohammad Sami
  11. Ramiz Aziz
  12. Saad Ali
  13. Sami Aslam
  14. Sohail Tanveer
  15. Waleed Ahmed

Players to watch out for

Anwar Ali has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury and he is replaced by Hussain Talat and the explosive left-hander would definitely look to showcase his talent. Sami Aslam would also love to perform to reclaim his spot in the test side, after dropping down the pecking order.

Sindh

Just like Punjab, Sindh has been a disappointment in this tournament as they look to turn things around.

The Skipper

Sindh side will be captained by the veteran Umar Gul who looked fairly optimistic speaking to the media:

“We will look to create history and lift our maiden Pakistan Cup.” Gul said.

The Squad

  1. Umer Gul (c)
  2. Ahsan Ali
  3. Amir Yamin
  4. Ashiq Ali
  5. Asif Ali
  6. Hammad Azam
  7. Imran Rafiq
  8. Mohammad Hasan (wk)
  9. Rahat Ali
  10. Mohammad Ilyas
  11. Nauman Ali
  12. Muhammad Hasnain
  13. Sahibzada Farhan
  14. Umar Amin
  15. Umar Siddique (wk)

Players to watch out for

There is one spot left for the batsmen and the contenders are Asif Ali and Umar Akmal. Asif Ali has had a performed brilliantly for his side Islamabad United even when his daughter was suffering from cancer.

Despite that, he became the joint-fastest half-century scorer and if he can perform here, he has a great chance of making it to the World Cup.

Who do you think has a better chance at winning this year’s Pakistan Cup trophy? Let us know in the comments.

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