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Pakistan Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka

Pakistan Under-19s' tour of Sri Lanka rescheduled, set to play five 50-over matches

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday announced that Pakistan Under-19 side will tour Sri Lanka from May 23 for a series of five 50-over matches.

The tour was initially scheduled to start in early May but was postponed following a series of Easter Sunday blasts which left over 250 dead in Colombo.

The initial tour comprised of two four-day matches and three 50-over matches but now it consists of five 50-over clashes, all in Hambantota.

PCB Director International Cricket, Zakir Khan, said: “I am pleased to confirm the Pakistan U19 cricket team’s tour to Sri Lanka is now back on track following 21 April tragic events.

“Pakistan have themselves been a victim of terrorism. In the past decade, we have suffered massively, both financially and in terms of growing and developing cricket in our country, following international teams’ refusals to visit Pakistan.

“When the offer for a revised schedule came on the table, the PCB management team unanimously agreed they will not allow any cricket playing country to go through the same difficulties and challenges as Pakistan. In such difficult times, the cricket family needs to stand together and support their member.

“The decision to visit Sri Lanka is not only to show solidarity with them but to also practice what we preach.

“In reaching the decision, we have reviewed and are satisfied with the security plans Sri Lanka Cricket have to put place for the Pakistan U19 cricket team. We have complete faith and confidence that our team will be well looked after in Sri Lanka.

“In making the final decision, the PCB also took consent of the relevant authorities who backed our view to support Sri Lanka in these difficult times.”

The Pakistan U19 squad has already been announced and the players have now been invited to attend a training camp at the National Cricket Academy from 19 May.

Schedule:

Sunday, 26 May - 1st 50-over match v Sri Lanka U19, Hambantota

Tuesday, 28 May - 2nd 50-over match v Sri Lanka U19, Hambantota

Friday, 31 May - 3rd 50-over match v Sri Lanka U19, Hambantota

Sunday, 2 June - 4th 50-over match v Sri Lanka U19, Hambantota

Wednesday, 5 June - 5th 50-over match v Sri Lanka U19, Hambantota

Pakistan Under-19 squad:

Rohail Nazir (capt & wk), Mohammad Taha, Abbas Afridi, Akhtar Shah, Basit Ali, Haider Ali, Khayyam Khan (wk), Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Wasim, Niaz Khan, Saim Ayub, Shiraz Khan, Suleman Shafqat, Qasim Akram

Reserves

Amir Ali, Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Amir, Nadir Shah, Said Nazir

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