24-year-old Saud Shakeel will lead Pakistan Shaheen against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in a one-off 50-over fixture in Lahore.
According to the details, the MCC squad led by former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara will tour Lahore from February 13 to 19. They will play a 50-over game each with Pakistan Shaheen and Northern captained by Rohail Nazeer, meanwhile, also plays Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars in a T20 game each.
Saud and Rohail have been given this golden opportunity following their contribution at the junior level. Saud has recently led the Pakistan U23 team to Emerging Asia Cup title while Rohail is leading the junior team in U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
PCB’s CEO Wasim Khan believes that MCC’s tour to Pakistan will mark their untiring efforts to revive high-profile cricket in Pakistan.
“I can’t emphasize enough on the importance of the MCC’s tour to Pakistan, which will be their first in 48 years. The fact that the MCC side will be led by their president and one of the most respected cricketers, Kumar Sangakkara, reflects how the world’s oldest and most influential clubs, who are also the guardians of the Laws of Cricket, are viewing this tour,
“The MCC’s tour of Pakistan is part of our sincere efforts and endeavors to resume regular and normal international cricket activities,” he said.
Saud Shakeel (captain) (Sindh ), Akif Javed (Balochistan), Haider Ali (Northern), Hasan Mohsin (Sindh), Imran Rafiq (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Mohsin (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Omair Bin Yousuf (Sindh), Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper) (Northern), Saif Badar (Southern Punjab), Sameen Gul (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Umar Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Zeeshan Malik (Northern)
Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper) (captain), Faizan Riaz (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Mubashir Khan (Northern U19), Musa Khan, Nauman Ali, Sarmad Bhatti, Shahzad Azam, Shiraz Khan (Northern U19), Zaid Alam, Zeeshan Malik