Top Performers from 2nd XI to Replace International Stars in National T20 Cup

Two regional teams have called up players from their Second XIs to replace big names in the First XI.

Batsman, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, has replaced Imran Farhat in Balochistan’s First XI. Bangalzai has been the star for Balochistan’s batting line-up in the ongoing 2nd XI T20 tournament. Imran Farhat, who has only featured twice in the tournament, scoring only 20 runs at an average of 10, has been demoted.


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Southern Punjab is the other team to call up players form their second XI. Lahore Qalandars pacer, Dilbar Hussain, along with youngsters, Zain Abbas and Mohammad Imran, have been called up to the squad. They will be replacing Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali and Bilawal Bhatti.

Southern Punjab bowlers have been one of the main reasons for the team’ss torrid form. Mohammad Irfan has only picked up 3 wickets in the tournament so far, conceding at over 8 runs per over. Bilawal Bhatti and Rahat Ali have been poor as well as both have gone over 10 runs per over without contributing significantly to the wickets column.

Balochistan is currently 3rd on the table with 3 wins out of 5 matches while Southern Punjab sit at the bottom after having lost all of their 4 matches.

Central Punjab, who are placed fifth on the points table of the six-team tournament, have brought in top-order batsman, Mohammad Akhlaq, in place of off-spinner, Bilal Asif, who has taken one wicket in two matches at an economy rate of just under 11. Akhlaq, on the contrary, has scored 176 runs in his side’s four Second XI National T20 Cup matches with three half-centuries.


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The current domestic structure has been a hot topic in the cricketing fraternity with many ex-cricketers and journalists criticizing the abolishment of departmental cricket.

According to the vision of PCB, changing the structure was essential to raise the standards of the game in the country and to provide equal opportunity to players. These moves may have reaffirmed PCB’s stance on the change in domestic structure.

Last year, Zeeshan Ashraf was the star for Southern Punjab’s Second XI, following which he was called up for the First XI. Later, he went on to play for Multan Sultans and was in the run for a wicket-keeping role in Pakistan’s limited-overs teams.

Updated Squads

Balochistan – Haris Sohail (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Taimur Khan, Umaid Asif, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Yasir Shah.

Central Punjab – Babar Azam (captain), Saad Nasim (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Ali Shan, Ehsan Adil, Irfan Khan Niazi, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Akhlaq, Naseem Shah, Qasim Akram, Rizwan Hussain, Sohaibullah, Usman Qadir and Zafar Gohar.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan.

Northern – Imad Wasim (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Farzan Raja, Haider Ali, Hammad Azam, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir (wicketkeeper), Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Amin and Zeeshan Malik.

Sindh – Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel (vice-captain), Ahsan Ali, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azam Khan, Danish Aziz, Ghulam Mudassir, Hassan Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Taha, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Khan.

Southern Punjab – Shan Masood (captain), Hussain Talat (vice-captain), Aamir Yamin, Ali Shafiq, Dilbar Hussain, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Imran, Saif Baddar, Sohaib Maqsood, Umer Khan, Umar Siddiq Khan, Zahid Mehmood, Zain Abbas and Zeeshan Ashraf (wicketkeeper).



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