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    U-16 cricket team set to leave for Thailand

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s under-16 cricket team will leave for Thailand tomorrow to participate in the Asia Challenge Cup, officials said on Tuesday.

    The tournament, to be played in Chiang Mai city, features Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, China, the Maldives, Qatar and Bhutan, Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Nusratullah Wafa said.

    ACB Chief Executive Nasimullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News the national team had been selected on merit, with talented players given a chance to represent their country in the important international event.

    Scheduled to play its first match on March 3, the squad is comprised of Javed Ahmadzai (captain), Shafi Muhammad, Abdul Sabur, Syed Hakim, Pervaiz Khan, Muhammad Tariq, Ibrahim Zadran, Imran Khan, Ajmal Kamawal, Shams-ur-Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Yusaf Zazai, Nawin-ul-Haq and Muslim Zazai.

    Manager Dr Noor Alam Farid and coach Haji Wali Amin will accompany the team.