Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Rizwan will lead the six domestic sides participating in the upcoming edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy featuring a revamped structure.
The squads were announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the domestic cricket season 2019-20, which is set to commence on September 14.
The squads were finalized by a three-member independent panel - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Nadeem Khan and Rashid Latif.
In a bid to ensure a highly competitive level of cricket, the PCB centrally contracted players have been evenly divided among the sides.
Although the onus has been on recruiting young players in the squads, there have been some surprising inclusions of veteran cricketers possessing minimal chance of making it into the national side.
Pacers Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir have been included for the first-class matches while Mohammad Hafeez will be a part of Southern Punjab's First XI side despite having retired from Test cricket.
Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif defended the decision to select these players on the basis of their experience affording them an opportunity to mentor the newer crop of cricketers.
“We have given the role of mentor to three players namely Zulfiqar Babar, Aizaz Cheema and Mohammad Sami. We spoke to these guys and from the next season they will adopt a new career. They will play in the Second XI and mentor the players," he said.
There has also been a focus towards maximizing representation in the Balochistan region due to which 44 per cent of the 32 contracted players with Balochistan Cricket Association are from the province.
“There might be questions on why there are only four local players in the First XI and ten in the Second XI teams from the Balochistan Cricket Association. The purpose behind making the call is to groom these players.
"At the moment, there are 44 per cent native players in the side. Nadeem Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and I have recommended the PCB to have 90 per cent local players in the Balochistan sides, by developing the game there and providing them the identity," Latif said.
The 50-year-old highlighted the need for searching young leg-spinners who could replace the likes of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan in the future.
“We have focused on the emerging U19 players, who often get left out, after noticing their performances and have selected leg-spinners because there’s a dearth of bowlers who can execute that skill. We have to start searching for the replacements of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan from today."
The squads comprise of the following:
First XI: Haris Sohail (c), Imran Farhat (vc), Imam-ul-Haq, Yasir Shah, Abu Bakar, Ali Shafiq, Ammad Butt, Asif Zakir, Azeem Ghumman, Bismillah Khan (wk), Hussain Talat, Imran Butt, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Asghar, Shahbaz Khan, Shahzaib Ahmed Khan, Taimur Khan, Taj Wali and Umar Gul
Second XI: Akbar-ur-Rehman (c), Akhtar Shah, Atif Jabbar, Awais Zia, Dawood Khan, Fahad Iqbal, Gohar Faiz, Gulraiz Sadaf (wk), Haseeb Azam, Jalat Khan, Mohammad Junaid, Nazar Hussain, Rameez Raja, Shehzad Tareen, Taimur Ali and Usama Razzaq
White ball specialists: Akif Javed, Ibtisam Sheikh and Mohammad Talha
Coaching staff: First XI - Altaf Jaffery (manager), Arshad Khan (head coach), Shoaib Khan (assistant coach); Second XI - Raj Hans (manager and head coach), Aslam Sheikh (assistant coach)
First XI: Babar Azam (c), Ahmed Shehzad (vc), Azhar Ali, Hassan Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Ali Shan, Bilal Asif, Ehsan Adil, Fahim Ashraf, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Saad, Nasim Shah, Rizwan Hussain, Saad Naseem, Salman Butt, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahuddin, Waqas Maqsood and Zafar Gohar
Second XI: Ali Waqas (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Aizaz Cheema (mentor), Ali Zaryab, Asad Raza, Atiq-ur-Rehman, Ayaz Tasawar, Bilawal Iqbal, Farhan Khan (wk), Irfan Niazi, Mohammad Akhlaq, Mohammad Ali (Sialkot), Raza Ali Dar, Suleman Shafqat and Zahid Mansoor
White ball specialists: Nasir Nawaz, Nauman Anwar and Usman Qadir (subject to availability)
Coaching staff: First XI - Khalid Niazi (manager), Ijaz Ahmed Jr (head coach), Samiullah Khan Niazi (assistant coach); Second XI - Naveed Anjum (manager and head coach), Akram Raza (assistant coach)
First XI: Mohammad Rizwan (c), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan Shinwari, Sahibzada Farhan (vc), Adil Amin, Ashfaq Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Sr, Irfan Khan, Israrullah, Junaid Khan, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Ilyas, Musaddiq Ahmed, Nabi Gul, Rehan Afridi (wk), Sameen Gul, Umar Khan and Zohaib Khan
Second XI: Khushdil Shah (c), Ahmed Jamal, Akbar Badshah, Arshad Iqbal, Asad Afridi, Asif Afridi, Atizaz Habib Khan, Azizullah, Gohar Ali (wk), Irfanullah Shah, Khalid Usman, Mehran Ibrahim, Mohammad Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Naeem, Sajid Khan and Samiullah Jr
White ball specialists: Imran Khan Jr, Mohammad Arif and Mohammad Mohsin
Coaching staff: First XI - Farrukh Zaman (manager), Kabir Khan (head coach), Wasim Haider (assistant coach); Second XI - Riffatullah Mohmand (manager and head coach), Sajid Shah (assistant coach)
First XI: Imad Wasim (c), Umar Amin (vc), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah, Afaq Raheem, Ali Asad, Ali Sarfraz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Nauman Ali, Rohail Nazir (wk), Sadaf Hussain, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Waheed and Waqas Ahmed
Second XI: Faizan Riaz (c), Ali Imran, Hasan Raza, Jamal Anwar (wk), Naved Malik, Raza Hasan, Salman Irshad, Sarmad Bhatti, Shadab Majeed, Shehzad Azam, Shoaib Ahmed Minhas, Syed Tauseeq Shah, Umair Khan, Umair Masood (wk), Usama Mir and Zeeshan Malik
White ball specialists: Mohammad Amir, Sohail Akhtar and Zaid Alam
Coaching staff: First XI - Shakeel Ahmed (manager), Muhammad Wasim (head coach), Manzoor Elahi (assistant coach); Second XI - Tahir Mahmood (manager and head coach), Saeed Anwar Jr (assistant coach)
First XI: Sarfaraz Ahmad (c), Asad Shafiq (vc), Abid Ali, Anwar Ali, Fawad Alam, Hasan Mohsin, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Hasan (wk), Mohammad Hasnain, Omair Bin Yousuf, Rameez Aziz, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Shehzar Mohammad, Sohail Khan Tabish Khan and Waleed Ahmed
Second XI: Mohammad Sami (captain and mentor), Rameez Raja Jr (vc), Adeel Malik, Ahsan Ali, Ammad Alam, Ashiq Ali, Ashir Qureshi, Danish Aziz, Ghulam Muddasar, Hassan Khan, Jahid Ali, Mohammad Suleman, Mohammad Waqas, Rumman Raees, Saad Khan and Saifullah Bangash (wk)
White ball specialists: Abrar Ahmed, Ahsan Jamil Mirza, Shahnawaz Dahani
Coaching staff: First XI - Rashid Khan (manager), Azam Khan (head coach), Umar Rasheed (assistant coach); Second XI - Tauseef Ahmed (manager and head coach), Shaukat Mirza (assistant coach)
First XI: Shan Masood (c), Sami Aslam (vc), Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz, Abdul Rehman Muzammil, Adnan Akmal (wk), Amir Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Imran Rafiq, M. Irfan (SLA), M. Irfan Sr (LFM), Mohammad Hafeez, Rahat Ali, Saif Badar, Sohaib Maqsood, Umaid Asif, Umar Siddiq, Zahid Mehmood and Zain Abbas
Second XI: Naved Yasin (c), Salman Ali Agha (vc), Ali Usman, Anas Mustafa, Ataullah, Maqbool Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Ali Khan, Mohammad Basit, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Mohammad Mohsin, Mohammad Umair, Mukhtar Ahmed, Zeeshan Ashraf, Zia-ul-Haq and Zulfiqar Babar (mentor)
White ball specialists: Ali Khan, Shoaib Malik and Sadaif Mehdi
Coaching staff: First XI - Shahid Butt (manager), Abdul Rehman (head coach), Zahoor Elahi (assistant coach); Second XI - Sajjad Akbar (manager and head coach), Javed Hayat (assistant coach)