Karachi: Pakistan was expecting tough competition from India and Sri Lanka in next week's under-17 Asia Cup, batting coach Zaheer Abbas said on Wednesday after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the squad. "We have high hopes from the team in the Asia Cup, and our main rivals would be India and Sri Lanka," batting legend Abbas said. The first ever under-17 Asia Cup is scheduled to be played in Dubai and Sharjah from December 7 to 22, with 14 teams taking part. "Since I have not seen other teams at this level, I can't say what is in store for us, but our team is good enough to win," he said. The event is part of the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) development program, aimed at encouraging junior talent. Teams from Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Hong Kong and Thailand form Group 'A', while Malaysia, Nepal, Kuwait, Singapore and Qatar form Group 'B'. Winners and runners-up of the two groups will join Asia's Test-playing countries - Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - to feature in the Super Six Stages. Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed is coach and Sultan Rana is manager. Squad: Fazal Mohammad Khan (captain), Adnan Raza (vice-captain), Suleman Ali, Fayyaz Ahmed, Yasir Arafat, Salman Akbar Butt, Owais Ahmed, Raza Ali Dar, Mansoor Amjad, Fahad Zaman, Mohammad Umer Khaliq, Jamshed Ahmed, Nasir Ahmed, and Nawaz Sikander.
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