The Pakistan Cricket Board have named their squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, to be held in New Zealand in January next year.

Hasan Khan, the left-arm spinner who emerged as one of Quetta Gladiators’ brightest young prospects in last year’s Pakistan Super League, will captain the side. Hasan was also the top-scorer for Pakistan in the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2016 with 293 runs.

The team will leave for Australia on December 21 after attending a training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore from December 7 to December 20. Before the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, it will play a three-match against Australia Under-19s on December 27, 29, and 31 before playing two more 50-over games against New Zealand Under-19s on January 3 and 5. The tournament starts on January 13.

Pakistan, placed in Group D, will play its first game against Afghanistan Under-19 on January 13; Sri Lanka and Ireland are the other two teams in the same group.