Lahore    -   Pakistan disabled cricket team will depart for Worcestershire, England, today (Wednesday) to participate in the Physical Disability T20 World Series Cricket, being hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The five-nation series will be held from August 5 to 13. Apart from the host country, sides from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are featuring in the series, which will be played on a single-league basis.

The top side on the points table will qualify automatically for the final, while the second and third placed teams will compete in the semifinal, which along with the final, will be played on August 13. On 15 August, the top performers from the four visiting sides will form a rest of the world, which will take on England in a one-off T20 match at New Road, Worcestershire.

The squad, led by Nihar Alam, includes a number of talented players, who are ready to exhibit their skills at the world stage. The team has been preparing for the series at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre in Karachi. Apart from providing operational and technical support to the Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association for this series, the PCB has also contributed PKR 2.5 million.

Pakistan disabled cricket team captain Nihar Alam said: “This T20 series will be a great opportunity for our players to display our potential and make our country proud. I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for providing us with great facilities at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre in Karachi.”

On behalf of PCB, Managing Director Wasim Khan wished the team well and said: “The diligence with which disabled cricket team has pursued the game and excelled at the world stage is inspiring for the entire society. The team has won laurels for Pakistan in the past and I hope they will continue to bring many more.

“They are the ambassadors of Pakistan and, on behalf of the PCB, I would like to wish them well, and also assure them the PCB will continue to play its small part in their development,” he added.

Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “It is your passion, commitment and love for the game that has helped you to succeed in the past. I hope you will continue to show the same resolve in the future so that we can all celebrate your successes. Try your best at Worcestershire, enjoy the event and make us proud.”

The members of Pakistan disabled cricket team are Sayyed Nihar Alam Shah (captain) (Peshawar); Malik Jahanzeb Tiwana (vice captain) (Multan); Abdullah Ijaz (Lahore); Farhan Saeed (Karachi); Hamza Hameed (Hyderabad); Hamad Shaukat (Islamabad) Hasnain Alam (Lahore); Kashif Nawaz (Rawalpindi); Majid Hussain (Multan); Muhammad Matloob (Multan); Muhammad Haris (Multan); Muhammad Shahbaz (Lahore); Muhammad Zubair Saleem (Multan); Saif Ullah (wicketkeeper) (Quetta); Wajid Alam (Peshawar) and Waqif Shah (Islamabad).

While the team management of disabled team consists of Muhammad Jawed (coach), Muhammad Amir Uddin Ansari (manager), Jawaid Ashraf (assistant manager), Rashid Ali Quereshi (trainer), Muhammad Nizam (media manager) and Shaikh Asif Gulzar (physio).



Aug 5 England v Pakistan; Afghanistan v Bangladesh

Aug 6 England v India; Pakistan v Afghanistan

Aug 7 Bangladesh v India; England v Afghanistan

Aug 8 Pakistan v Bangladesh; India v Afghanistan

Aug 9 India v Pakistan; England v Bangladesh

Aug 12 4th v 5th playoff

Aug 13 2nd v 3rd (semifinal); Final

Aug 15 England v Rest of the World