Sports: Cricket: Hasnain to lead Pakistan against England

Karachi: Hasnain Alam is all set to lead Pakistan Physical Disability cricket team against England Physical Disability cricket team in the second edition of International Disability Cricket Series, which begins March 21 at ICC Global Academy in Dubai.

Secretary Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA) Amir Uddin Ansari announced the fixtures of the series during a press briefing here at National Stadium on Thursday. Vice Chairman ABAD Saleem Qasim Patel, President PDCA Saleem Karim, Representative PCB Arshad Khan and Media Manager Muhammad Nizam were also present on the occasion.

“I am very much looking forward to see physically challenged cricketers play at the international stage, and this series will pave the way for more international action for disabled cricketers internationally especially our players. Our cricketers with disability are ready to compete at the highest level,” Amir said.

Hasnain Alam will lead the side in the series while Matloob Qureshi will be his deputy during the series, where they will play three 40-over matches and three T20 matches.

This will be the second such series between two teams of physically disabled players. In the last edition, which was also played in Dubai in 2012, Pakistan won the T20 series by 2-0 and ODI series by 2-1.

Both teams are recognized by the governing body of cricket in their respective countries.

Squad: Hasnain Alam (Captain), Matloob Qureshi (VC), Ashfaq Ali, Altaf Ahmed, Rehan Ghani Mirza, Danish Ahmed, Rao Javed, Jahanzaib Tiwana, Abdullah Afridi, Abdullah, Farhan Saeed, Muhammad Kalam, Umaiz-ul-Rehman, Fayyaz Ahmed, Ameer Ahmed, Iqbal Hussain. Reserves: Fazal Hadi, Raja Qaisar, Abdullah, Abdul Bari.

Team Officials: Jameel Kamran (Manager), Muhammad Nizam (Asst. Manager), Sabih Azhar (Head Coach), Amir Uddin Ansari (Series Director), Dr. Noman Palikar (Sports Physician) and Salman Kazmi (Video Analyst).

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