We didn’t ask BCCI to send young players in Emerging Asia Cup, says Muhammad Haris

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The winning captain of the Pakistan Shaheens in the just-completed Emerging Asia Cup 2023, Muhammad Haris, has replied to criticism of his team’s victory from Indian cricket players and supporters.

Pakistani supporters welcomed their side’s victory, although some detractors claimed that the game really resembled a battle between seasoned Pakistani players and a young Indian squad.

Muhammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Shahnawaz Dahani, and Saim Ayub were among the international-level players on the Pakistani team, whilst the India A team was primarily made up of fresh players, with Yash Dhull, 20 years old, serving as the team’s captain.

Haris, however, strongly refuted any notion that Pakistan was unfairly given an edge because of their “seniority.” Even the Pakistani team’s players with international experience, particularly in T20Is, had minimal experience, he said. In a podcast, Haris defended his team’s lineup and said that they never requested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) send young players to the competition.

People claim that Pakistan sent a squad that included a lot of seniors. We didn’t invite them to send young kids to the competition. They claim that our team has international experience. How many international contests have we participated in? I’ve played six, Saim has played five. Those individuals (Indian players) have participated in 260 IPL games, according to Haris.

India A suffered a humiliating loss against Pakistan Shaheens in the championship match, falling short by a wide margin of 128 runs. India A could only get to 224 in 40 overs whereas Pakistan Shaheens scored an astounding 352 for 8 in 50 overs.