Qasim Akram chosen to lead Pakistan Shaheens at 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou
LAHORE, Aug 25 (Gwadar Pro) - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Thursday (Aug 24) that all-rounder Qasim Akram has been chosen to captain the Pakistan Shaheens at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The T20 format event is scheduled from 28 September to 7 October.
The 20-year-old Qasim has participated in 20 first-class matches and 40 T20 matches. He also led the Pakistan U19 team at the ICC U19 World Cup in 2022, according to the PCB statement.
Of the 15-member squad, eight players have previously represented the Pakistan men's national team. These include Aamir Jamal, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir. The remaining members, comprising Arafat Minhas, Omair Bin Yousuf, Qasim Akram, Rohail Nazir, and Sufiyan Muqeem, have recently been associated with the Shaheens side.
According to the tournament's regulations, the Shaheens will start their campaign from the quarter-final stage, which is set for 3 and 4 October. The semi-finals will be on 6 October, followed by the final and the bronze medal match on 7 October.
The Pakistan men’s team clinched a bronze medal during their debut appearance at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, back in 2010.