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Pakistan Pakistan team profile

Pakistan is the only team to have won back-to-back ICC U19 Cricket World Cups (2004 and 2006), and the team has appeared in more finals than any other team (four). In its last four appearances, Pakistan U19s has won the event twice and lost the final once, to Australia, in 2010.

In January 2011, the team travelled to South Africa for a Tri-Nation ODI series with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It won five of its six group matches, but lost the final to South Africa by 134 runs. Shortly after, Pakistan won a three match series against South Africa 2-1, after winning the third ODI with three balls to spare, smashing 22 runs off the final two overs.

Most recently, Pakistan U19s enjoyed a successful ACC U19 Asia Cup, winning all three of its group matches to progress to the finals. A crushing defeat of Malaysia by 249 runs saw four players score half centuries and bowlers Azizullah and Mohammad Nawaz record figures of 2-6 and 3-9 respectively. The team beat Afghanistan by 151 runs in the semi-finals with a strong all-round performance before facing India in a dramatic final that resulted in an historic tie. Pakistan scored 282, with opener Sami Aslam scoring 134, a total that India leveled with one delivery to spare. Ehsan Adil captured a wicket with the last delivery of the day, and the two teams shared honours.

Players such as Abdul Razzaq, Hasan Raza, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Azhar Ali, Taufeeq Umar, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Yasir Arafat and Mohammad Sami show the current team that the tournament can be a stepping stone for future international stars.

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