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Pakistan A team to feature in Euro Cup, UAE

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 7th, 2006   (163 views)

After agreeing to play the two One-day Internationals (ODIs) against India in Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has now consented to send its national A team in a tournament known as the Euro Cup being held in Abu Dhabi.

The tournament, to be contested from April 22 to May 5, features the A teams of Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka and the national sides of Scotland, Ireland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“The preparations for the tournament have already begun and the selection committee has already submitted a shortlist of 20 players for the tournament,” a PCB official confirmed on Wednesday.

He said the chief selector Wasim Bari and the Board were waiting for national coach Bob Woolmer to return from Sri Lanka and discuss some things before finalising the squad.

The PCB has already come under scrutiny for agreeing to play the two ODIs in Abu Dhabi, which is yet to host any international match, on April 18 and 19 while paying along with the Indian board a fee of one million dollars to the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council for the use of their stadium.

A number of candidates are under consideration to be appointed as manager and coach of the Pakistan A team and the PCB official said a decision on this would be made after the return of Director Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf from Delhi where he has gone to attend a presentation ceremony and meeting of the 2011 World Cup joint bid and also the granting of media rights for the offshore matches planned by the Indians over the next five years.

Former Test player Rashid Khan, who successfully coached the Pakistan A team in the tour matches England and India, is said to be in line to be given the coaching assignment for the tournament.

Many people see the sudden move by the PCB to agreeing to play matches in Abu Dhabi as a part of a wider plan to turn the Sheikh Zayed Stadium into a regular international venue.

Source: The News

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