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Northern, opportunity for young talent to step-up

  • Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Musa Khan spice up the pace department
  • Umar Amin, Afaq Rahim, Umar Waheed and Hammad Azam form the core of the batting line-up
  • Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz beef up the spin bowling unit
  • “We have a good mixture of senior and junior players,” says Northern captain Umar Amin
  • First and Second XI squads available here
  • Urdu release is attached. To download click here

Lahore, 12 September 2019: Northern will begin their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019-20 campaign against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the picturesque Abbottabad Stadium on 14 September.

In the absence of Imad Wasim, Umar Amin, who has an average of 40.05 in 121 first-class competitions, will lead the Northern First XI side.

The team is bolstered by the presence of emerging cricketers. Haris Rauf and Musa Khan, the two pacers who showed their worth with sustained pace and penetration in the last edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League, are part of an accomplished bowling line-up, which include first-class stalwarts in Sadaf Hussain, Waqas Ahmed and Nauman Ali, and centrally contracted player Shaheen Shah Afridi

Rohail Nazir, Pakistan U19 captain, will take up the wicketkeeping responsibilities and U19 opener Haider Ali is expected to begin the proceedings for the First XI side.

Hammad Azam and Test cricketer Mohammad Nawaz – the two all-rounders – will provide more flexibility to Umar by extending the side’s batting and bowling line-ups. Shadab Khan has joined the side after featuring in Caribbean Premier League.

Sohail Tanvir, who has more than 3000 runs and 307 wickets in first-class cricket, is the experienced cricketer who will be a guiding light for the young and talented cricketers.

Captain Umar Amin’s squad assessment:

“We have been dissecting our squad in team meetings. We have a good mixture of senior and junior players.

“Our young pace-bowling unit for sure looks exciting. Haris Rauf and Musa Khan have proved their mettle in the high-octane HBL Pakistan Super League. And, I am sure they are looking forward to leaving a mark in red ball cricket.

“Our batting line-up is based on senior players like Afaq Rahim, Umar Waheed, Hammad Azam, and myself.”

“The presence of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz is going to strengthen our spin bowling unit.”

Northern Second XI:

The Northern Cricket Association’s Second XI side will be led by Faizan Riaz, who has played 58 first-class matches since his debut in the format in November 2009.

Their bowling line-up includes bowlers in Usama Mir and Salman Irshad, who have impressed in HBL Pakistan Super League , and their batting department includes players like Umair Khan, Ali Imran, Zeeshan Malik, Hasan Raza and Naved Malik.

Northern Second XI begin their Quaid-e-Azam Trophy campaign against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi.