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Abdullah Shafiq's magnificent century guided NCA Youth XI to a six-wicket victory over Malaysia Cricket team

Lahore-January 9, 2017: Malaysia cricket team is on a 10- day tour to Lahore, Pakistan for a High Performance Camp at the National Cricket Academy.During the camp,the Malaysian Cricket Team will play three One dayers and two T-20s at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. 

NCA Youth XI in the first one day match thrashed Malaysia by six wickets here at Gaddafi stadium, Lahore on Monday. After winning the toss and elected to bat first, Malaysian batsmen from the start played some aggressive shots in all parts of the ground. Ahmed Faiz scored magnificent 86 runs off 113 balls with the help of six fours and a six, but an unbeaten knock of 50 from 42 balls from Syed Aziz helped the side to pile 239 for the loss of five wickets in allotted 45 overs. Moosa Khan was the most successful bowler for NCA Youth XI with a match figure of 2-39 in seven overs. Chasing 240 to win, NCA Youth XI lost two quick wickets, but Abdullah Shafiq’s unbeaten 122 off 98 balls guided the team to six wickets over Malaysia Cricket team.

Bilal Asad, head-coach of Malaysia cricket team talking to the media said, “The tour to Pakistan is very helpful to the players to prepare for the upcoming ICC’s World League.

“The facilities here are very good, and the players playing here will get a lot of exposure to compete in the upcoming ICC’s event and in the bilateral series.

“The players and the team management are here and are very comfortable and safe over here.  I hope the tour goes well and we will come again in the future as well.”

Abdul Majeed, head-coach of NCA Youth XI said, “Pakistan is a safe country, and the tour of associate member team is a good omen for Pakistan’s cricket.

“We are hopeful with the associate team coming over here will pave the way for the international cricket team to tour Pakistan soon.”