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Hong Kong give youngsters chance to shine in Asian Cricket Council Premier League in Kuala Lumpur

Three new faces join seasoned players in round robin competition against the likes of Afghanistan, UAE and Nepal

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2014, 9:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 April, 2014, 10:25am

Jamie Atkinson will lead Hong Kong in the Asian Cricket Council Premier League in Kuala Lumpur looking to build on the success of defeating Bangladesh at the ICC World Twenty20 last month.

"The future looks bright and we have picked a squad with an average age of 21," said Charlie Burke, Hong Kong Cricket Association's director of cricket.

"There are a number of changes from the last 50-overs tournament which Hong Kong competed in [the ICC World Cup qualifiers] and selectors have placed real importance on grooming youngsters for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in 2018."

There will be three new faces from the squad that went to Bangladesh, with Skhawat Ali, Ankur Sharma and Manjinder Singh coming in for Munir Dar, Najeeb Amar and Kinchit Shah.

Selectors have placed real importance on grooming youngsters for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in 2018
Charlie Burke 

Talented left-handed batsman Mark Chapman has returned to university in New Zealand.

The rest of the 14-strong squad comprises vice-captain Waqas Barkat, Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Ehsan Nawaz and Roy Lamsam.

Hong Kong will come up against Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Oman and Malaysia in the round-robin competition.

The games against Afghanistan and UAE will have full ODI (one-day international) status.