The Pakistan Shaheens squad for the Asian Games in Hangzhou has been announced. The team consists of eight senior internationals and will be led by Qasim Akram. The squad includes players like Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir who have previously played for Pakistan. The captain, Qasim Akram, is a young all-rounder who has played several matches and also captained the Pakistan U-19 team. The rest of the squad is made up of upcoming players who have represented the Shaheens recently. The team has had mixed results in recent tournaments, winning against Zimbabwe A but losing to Zimbabwe Select. They emerged as champions in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup but finished as runners-up in the Top End T20 Series. The Asian Games tournament will have a total of 18 teams, including top cricket nations like India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Pakistan won a bronze medal in their previous appearance in the Asian Games. The tournament will start with quarter-finals in October, leading up to the semi-finals and finale. The Shaheens squad is hoping for a strong performance in the upcoming event.
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