Karachi: Featuring for the first time in Asian Junior Men’s Softball Championship, which recently concluded in Thailand, the Pakistani colts learned a lot during the event after playing against world class teams, said Pakistan team’s head coach Asif Azeem. “This was the first time that our young players featured in this high profile tournament and because of lack of international exposure we were unable to pull any victory in the tournament. However, the way our players played against experienced Asian counterparts, who regularly participate in such tournaments, it was worth praising their efforts,” Asif said.
Japan won the title of the tournament after outclassing Singapore after scoring seven runs against nil from Singapore. Malaysia secured third position on the podium. Subsequently the three Asian teams securing place on the podium also earned ticket to next year’s Junior Men’s World Softball Championship to be held in Canada in July.
Other teams participated in the Asian Championship were host Thailand, India, Indonesia and Hong Kong. “Featuring in this event marked a new beginning for us and if our players regularly get chances to feature in events like this, then hopefully we would be able to reach the podium in recent future,” Asif said.