[HD video below] Najeeb Amar will return from international
retirement to lead Hong Kong at the Karp Group Hong Kong Cricket
Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club on 28-30 October 2011.
Left-arm spinner Najeeb stepped down as captain
soon after Hong Kong had successfully finished in the top four at
the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament in Dubai
earlier this year.
But the lure of the Sixes, where he has been a
star turn, has persuaded Najeeb to return and he will lead a
strong local outfit who will be seeking to repeat their heroics of
2009 when they shocked the big guns to storm into the Cup final
before bowing out to South Africa.
Apart from Najeeb, the spin department
will include veteran Munir Dar and Peter Wooden while Tanvir
Afzaal and newcomer Haseeb Amjad will provide the medium-pace.
Nizakat Khan, one of the outstanding players for Hong Kong in
recent months and teenage debutant Babar Hayat will make up the
rest of the team.
“We have a very strong
side with a good mix of experienced hands as well as new faces. I
think we will go very well this time,” said Hong Kong national
coach, Charlie Burke. “Babar Hayat is just 18 and has only
recently qualified to play for Hong Kong internationally. He is a
big striker of the ball and I’m sure he will do very well as will Haseeb who is a fine all-rounder.”
also take over the wicket-keeping duties ruling out Hussain Butt
from the equation.
is grouped with last year’s finalists Pakistan, South Africa and
India in the preliminary round of the 12-team tournament, which
will be played over three days for the first time in the history
of the competition.
Also for the first time, an
international Twenty20 (T20) match will be played on the Friday,
All Stars take on a combined world outfit comprising of
players from each of the other countries.
Hong Kong Squad: Najeeb Amar (captain), Tanvir
Afzaal, Munir Dar, Nizakat Khan, Babar Hayat, Haseeb Amjad, Peter