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COAS General Munir Hosts Iftar Dinner for National Cricket Squad

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir hosted an Iftar dinner for the Pakistan cricket team at the Army House in Rawalpindi. The event was a gesture of goodwill towards the players who had recently completed a physical training camp at the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) in Kakul, Abbottabad.

The Iftar dinner was attended by notable figures including the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mohsin Naqvi, alongside the cricket team players. This gathering underscored the army’s ongoing commitment to fostering sports and physical excellence in Pakistan.

During the event, General Munir addressed the players, offering his best wishes for their future endeavors, particularly for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand. The cricketers, in turn, expressed their gratitude for the top-notch training received at Kakul and acknowledged the pivotal role the army plays in supporting sports within the country.

The PCB has confirmed the team management for the series, with Azhar Mahmood taking the helm as head coach. The coaching staff will also include Wahab Riaz as the senior team manager and Mohammad Yousuf as the batting coach, with Saeed Ajmal continuing his role as the spin bowling coach.

As anticipation builds, the national selection committee is poised to announce the squad for the series against New Zealand. The expected lineup includes prominent players such as Babar Azam, Usman Khan, and Mohammad Amir, among others. The final squad is likely to comprise 18 members, with either Abrar Ahmed or Usama Mir rounding out the team.

The series schedule is set, with New Zealand’s arrival in Pakistan on April 14th, followed by training sessions and the T20I matches slated to take place in Rawalpindi and Lahore.

This event not only highlights the mutual respect between the Pakistan Army and the national cricket team but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting series against New Zealand.

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