Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tuesday said it hopes the country’s starless squad will do well in this week’s Sharjah Cup.
Pakistan will play its first match against Zimbabwe on April 3. The final will be played on April 10.
The PCB sidelined several senior players. Former captain Waqar Younis, vice-captain Inzamam-ul Haq, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi will miss the tournament.
The board has appointed former Test captain Javed Miandad as the new coach, and named Rashid Latif, 34, as captain.
The team also has a new manager, Haroon Rasheed. Former opener Aamir Sohail heads the board’s new selection committee.
“If we win in Sharjah, it will be a huge bonus,” Samiul Hasan, a spokesman for the board said. “We have to be patient with this young team,” he said.
He said the team was building the skills of its younger players to give them international exposure to prepare for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Among the new players is fast bowler Umer Gul. All-rounder Rana Naved-ul Hasan and opener Muhammad Hafeez will also make their international debut.
Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul Haq, Danish Kaneria and Muhammad Zahid have previously played for Pakistan, but need more experience.
South Africa was originally scheduled to play in Sharjah, but the team members refused to travel to the venue because of the Iraq war.