10/13/2018 4:26:14 PM (GMT+3)

U19 ICC World Cup: Qatar select probables for Asia Division 2 qualifiers

U19 ICC World Cup: Qatar select probables for Asia Division 2 qualifiers

DOHA, Qatar: The Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) shortlisted national U-19 team probables for the upcoming ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Asia Division 2 qualifiers.

Qatar will compete in the qualifiers, which are scheduled in Bangkok and Ching Mai, Thailand, from December 5 to 16.

The QCA initially picked 35 best performers from various schools through U19 and U16 tournaments, organised by the QCA. The players then had a rigorous coaching for a few months to improve their physical and skill aspects before screening the number to 19, including five reserves.

The players were selected by a committee, which consisted of Qatar’s senior players and was appointed by the QCA President Yousef Al Kuwari.

Chief Selector Inam-ul Haq (captain of the national team) was assisted by Tamoor Sajjad and Zaheeruddeen Ibrahim. The Selection Committee attended various training sessions and practice matches before finalising the squad.

QCA Operations Manager Manzoor Ahmad announced the squad in the presence of parents, coaches Aruna De Silva, Amjad Baig, Shamsuddin, Mohammed Jehangir and Head of Schools Cricket Amin- ul Islam.

All the players are undergoing the final phase of preparedness and the QCA officials are optimistic about good performance from the team.

“Qatar is rapidly rising in international cricket. We’re proud that we’re sending our young team to the Asian U-19 Division 2 qualifiers. I hope the players would brace themselves well for the upcoming challenge,” said Al Kuwari.

Ten teams are competing in Division 2 qualifiers and they have been divided into two groups. Top team from each group would join Nepal, Malaysia, and Singapore in the Division 1 qualifiers and fight for a single spot in the Under-19 World Cup from Asia.

Group 1 has Hong Kong, the Maldives, Bahrain, China and Kuwait, while Group 2 consists of Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Thailand, Qatar and Oman.

Squad: Hussain Khan, Ahmed Mushtaq, Shubh Agarwal, Samil Valiyapurayil Sadiq, Patrick Romelo Kumarage,  Aditya Makadia,  Solaiman Mohammad,  Kalith Amarasinghe, Afsarullah, Dhanitha Hettiarrachchige,  Fateen S Hakim, Nivid Rakeshbhai Patel, Bismillah Khan, Syed Yousef Tameem

Reserve: Sheikh Jassim Mohammad Asam, Mohammed Azam Zaheed, Mohamed Ismath Zayan, Saud Kamal, Suyash Sudhir kumar Patel