Hong Kong batsman Anshuman Rath in action as PNG keeper Kipling Doriga looks on during a play off match between Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea in the World Cup Quailfiers played at Old Hararians, March 17 2017 - Image by ICC/Getty Images @ICC (Twitter)

Aizaz Khan will lead the Hong Kong side in the upcoming 2018 ACC Emerging Nations Asia Cup after a hand injury has forced Anshuman Rath to withdraw from the squad and captaincy responsibilities. The injury to Rath happened during a net-session and will now be hoping to recover in time to participate in Nepal’s T20 league, Everest Premier League for Biratnagar Warriors from Dec 08th, 2018.

Hong Kong are in the same group as host’s Pakistan, Bangladesh and UAE and all games have been awarded List-A status by the ACC, with the Full-Members fielding U23 squads with provision for 4 above U23 category age players. Associate qualifiers from 2018 Asia Cup qualifiers (Hong Kong, UAE and Oman) are allowed to field their senior squads for the tournament.

Hong Kong have played good amount of 50-overs cricket in the past 2-3 months with the Asia Cup qualifiers, followed by the main draw of 2018 Asia Cup and series of 6 matches in the same format against Papua New Guinea. Aizaz captained the Hong Kong side during the recent West Pacific and South China cup tournaments held in Hong Kong, being toured by Papua New Guinea for the same.

Hong Kong Emerging Nations Cup Squad:

Aizaz Khan (Captain), Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Babar Hayat, Waqas Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Ehsan Khan, Ghazanfer Mohammad, Tanwir Afzal, Tanveer Ahmed, Hassan Mohammad, Shahid Wasif, Haroon Arshad, Aftab Hussain & Hamed Khan

Hong Kong Group Stage Fixtures (all matches start at 9:30am local time):

06th Dec 2018: vs Pakistan @National Stadium Karachi, Karachi
07th Dec 2018: vs Bangladesh @South-End Ground Club, Karachi
09th Dec 2018: vs UAE @South-End Ground Club, Karachi

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