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    Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019 Preview: Southern Punjab

    With the centrally contracted players available, South Punjab have one of the most potent bowling units in the competition. Mohammed Abbas and Wahab Riaz are vastly different bowlers, but Abbas with his nagging accuracy and Wahab with his raw pace and reverse swing will be a handful for any batting lineup.

    Add them to Rahat Ali, the 7ft 1 Mohammad Irfan, the slow left arm spin of another Mohammad Irfan, the right arm Mohammed Irfan (Second XI) and Umaid Asif, along with two handy all-rounders in Aamer Yamin and Bilawal Bhatti – taking 20 wickets ought not be an issue.

    They have in Shan Masood a hardworking and intelligent individual with a good temperament as captain.

    Strengths: An abundance of bowling options and two solid openers in Shan Masood and Sami Aslam.

    Weaknesses: The batting is relatively weak compared to Central Punjab and Sindh.

    Players to watch: Young batsman Imran Rafiq has impressed in his brief career with an average of 42 from 9 FC matches.

    First XI – Sami Aslam (vice-captain) (Karachi), Abdul Rehman Muzammil (Multan), Adnan Akmal (wicketkeeper) (Lahore), Amir Yamin (Multan), Bilawal Bhatti (Sialkot), Imran Rafiq (Multan), M. Irfan (SLA) (Lahore), M. Irfan Sr (LFM) (Multan), Mohammad Hafeez (Lahore), Rahat Ali (Multan), Saif Badar (Sialkot), Sohaib Maqsood (Multan), Umaid Asif (Sialkot), Umar Siddiq (Lahore), Zahid Mehmood (Hyderabad) and Zain Abbas (Multan).

    Second XI – Naved Yasin (captain) (Multan), Salman Ali Agha (vice-captain) (Lahore), Ali Usman (Bahawalpur), Anas Mustafa (Lahore), Ataullah (Bahawalpur), Maqbool Ahmed (wicketkeeper), (Multan) Mohammad Ali Khan (Multan), Mohammad Basit (Multan), Mohammad Imran (Bahawalpur), Mohammad Irfan Jr (Nankana Sahib), Mohammad Mohsin (Lahore), Mohammad Umair (Bahawalpur), Mukhtar Ahmed (Sialkot), Zeeshan Ashraf (Okara), Zia-ul-Haq (Vehari) and Zulfiqar Babar (mentor) (Multan).

    White ball specialists - Ali Khan (Sialkot), Shoaib Malik (Sialkot) and Sadaif Mehdi (Multan).

    PCB central contract players – Shan Masood (captain) (Karachi), Mohammad Abbas (Sialkot) and Wahab Riaz (Lahore)


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    I hope Saif Badar's breakthrough season is not too far. He has got the basics, just needs to start delivering at domestic level. Imran Rafiq had a wonderful season last year and needs to continue that.

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    I find it pretty surprising that Mohammad Irfan snr (LFM) is given a full contract and not white ball specialist one as considering his age and fitness he cant keep on going in 4 day format.

    I would rather have preferred Zia Ul Haq being given the first XI spot rather than second XI, In my opinion he has got decent skills (Pace, swing with the ball) just needs motivation ,work on his fitness and develop a strong temperament. I was expecting him to be in the international radar by now but not sure exactly what went wrong with his progression as clearly his domestic stats are pretty impressive.

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    1. Shan
    2. Sami aslam
    3. Hafeez
    4. Umar siddiq/imran rafiq
    5. Sohaib maqsood
    6. Yamin
    7. Adnan
    8. Wahab
    9. Abbas
    10. Irfan
    11. Rahat

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    Their first match is the Punjab derby - against Central Punjab.

    Should be a great prospect seeing Central Punjab batting vs South Punjab bowling.

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    Mukhtar Ahmed hanging on.

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    Shan Masood-led Southern Punjab, a blend of youth and experience

    Karachi, 12 September 2019: Southern Punjab will be a strong contender for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title. Their tournament begins with the much-anticipated Punjab Derby at the Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.

    The team has some seasoned campaigners and some exciting talent in their ranks and are led by Pakistan Test opener Shan Masood. In 112 first-class appearances, Shan has tallied 6221 runs at 33.99 with the help of 10 centuries and 32 half-centuries.

    The 29-year-old is set to partner with Lahore’s Sami Aslam at the top of the innings. Sami, also a left-handed opening-batsman, has appeared in 13 Tests for Pakistan. He has so far collected 63 first-class caps, scoring 3589 runs at 34.50 with the help of 10 centuries and 15 half-centuries.

    Southern Punjab also have a strong middle-order with the veteran former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez providing stability. Complimenting his 362 international appearances is his rich experience of domestic cricket having featured for Faisalabad, Lahore, Sargodha and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines in a career spanning more than two decades.

    Southern Punjab also have the services of big-hitting Sohaib Maqsood in their ranks while talented youngster Saif Badar lends more talent and skill to the batting department.

    Shan will have a top-class pace attack at his disposal with Test fast-bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Irfan Senior spearheading the attack.

    Test fast-bowler Bilawal Bhatti and all-rounder Amir Yamin are capable performers in both red and white ball cricket. Umaid Asif, who has been a regular for Peshawar Zalmi in the HBL Pakistan Super League, is another experienced pacer with 55 first-class appearances, in which he has taken 179 wickets at 25.21.

    Spinners Mohammad Irfan (Left-arm slow), Zahid Mehmood (Leg-spinner) are expected to provide adequate support to the pacers.

    The wicket-keeping duties will be executed by wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal. Umar Siddique, the talented left-handed top-order batsman, will be a back-up option for Shan. Umar featured for Multan Sultan in the HBL PSL 2019 as a wicketkeeper-batsman, often opening the innings for the franchise.

    Captain Shan Masood’s squad assessment:

    For Shan, the fast-bowling unit is Southern Punjab’s strongest link.

    “All six squads in the tournament are well-balanced which makes this tournament exciting.

    “If we discuss our strength, I feel it is bowling. We have Pakistan’s fast bowling cream at our disposal with Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Amir Yamin, Umaid Asif, Bilawal Bhatti and Mohammad Abbas, who is Pakistan’s leading Test bowler, in the ranks.

    “We can rotate these bowlers as and when needed and rest them to ensure they aren’t under a heavy workload. We have wicket-takers bowlers who can also contain and create pressure in our armoury.

    “Besides the pacers, we have two very capable spinners in leg-spinner Zahid Mehmood and left-arm spinner Mohammad Irfan, who is on the fringes of Pakistan selection.

    “In our batting department, we have a lot of talented youngsters like Umar Siddiq, Imran Rafiq, Zain Abbas, Saif Badar and Sami Aslam, who can also be considered a youngster. If these youngsters step-up, they can progress to serve Pakistan cricket.

    “Mohammad Hafeez will help us with his vast experience while Sohaib Maqsood and I would need to take extra responsibility as senior batsmen in the team.

    “We also have two capable wicketkeepers. Adnan Akmal of course has Test experience, while Umar can lend balance to the side with his keeping ability.

    “I think this tournament also provides an opportunity to both Sohaib and myself to take our game to the next level after having spent a lot of time in the domestic cricket and having accumulated decent international experience.

    “Overall, I feel we have a well-rounded squad that covers all bases.”

    Southern Punjab Second XI:

    The Southern Punjab Second XI that will compete in the three-day non-first-class tournament is led by Naved Yasin. Lahore batsman Salman Ali Agha will be his deputy.

    The squad is mentored by Pakistan Test player Zulfiqar Babar, who represented the country in 15 Tests. The left-arm orthodox picked 54 wickets at 39.42 at the highest level of the game with the help of two five-wicket hauls.

    The 40-year-old has taken 507 wickets in 107 first-class matches and is one of a handful of bowlers to have taken all 10 wickets in a first-class innings.

    The Southern Punjab Second XI squad also includes Pakistan T20I opener Mukhtar Ahmed, who has to date played six T20I matches. The fast bowling unit is spearheaded by left-armer Zia-ul-Haq, who has remained on the fringes of Pakistan selection in recent years. The 24-year-old has taken 196 wickets in 59 first-class matches.

    Zia is likely to share the new ball with the right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan Junior who has taken 75 wickets in 21 first-class matches. Irfan has represented Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators in the HBL Pakistan Super League.

    Southern Punjab open their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Second XI campaign with their Punjab derby with Central Punjab at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium from 14 September.

    https://www.pcb.com.pk/press-release...xperience.html
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    Without Wahab they will need Bilawal Bhatti to provide that extra bit of pace on flat surfaces or even some nippy bowler like Mohammad Umair, Mohammad Imran, Zia Ul Haq or Irfan jnr to be promoted from second team.

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    Likely XI:

    1. Shan Masood (c)
    2. Sami Aslam
    3. Mohammad Hafeez
    4. Saif Badar
    5. Sohaib Maqsood
    6. Aamir Yamin
    7. Adnan Akmal (wk)
    8. Irfan Jailer/Zahid Mehmood
    9. Mohammad Abbas
    10. Rahat Ali
    11. Mohammad Irfan Sr

    12.Imran Rafiq
    13.Salman Ali Agha
    14.Mohammad Irfan Jr
    15.Ali Khan

    Comments:
    • Well balanced squad, with good batting and bowling options
    • Good balance of experience and youth
    • Good chance for Saif Badar to develop in a settled batting line up
    • Uninspired 2nd XI


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