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CricketEurope: ‘Broers Zulfiqar moeten snel acclimatiseren als senior spelers van ACC1’

[door de redactie] ‘’ACC's new captain Saqib Zulfiqar (20) and his brothers will have to acclimatise quickly to the role of senior players, as the next generation - youth graduates Sean Walsh, Beau te Boekhorst and Jim Dukker - are still finding their feet at Topklasse level.’’ Dat schrijft redacteur Bertus de Jong in zijn analyse ‘Change and continuity at Quick and ACC’ op de Engelstalige site CricketEurope.

 

‘’After a hard-fought mid-table battle ACC managed to secure themselves the safety of fourth place in last season's Topklasse main phase, but with a somewhat depleted squad they would do well to repeat the performance this year.

 

‘’Young Saqib Zulfiqar will take over the reins this season, becoming the league's youngest captain at the age of just 20, though he will have veteran all-rounders Usman Malik and father Ahmed Zulfiqar to turn to for counsel. It's testament to the Amsterdam club's faith in their youth, though also to an extent of a missing generation, that the pair are the only players in ACC's first XI over the age of 25.

 

‘’Neither seam all-rounder JP de Villiers nor wicketkeeper Mangi Mosehle – the two overseas players in 2016 – will be returning to het Loopveld this season and as yet no replacements have been announced. ACC are understood to be in talks to fill the now-traditional ACC South African wicketkeeper slot after Morné van Wyk pulled out due to injury, but will be making do with at most one overseas for 2017.

 

‘’The continued improvement of the Zulfiqar triplets ensures that ACC have a solid core around which to build a team, Asad having matured into a obstinate if unspectacular opener – amassing almost 400 runs last season at an average of over 30, and seam-bowling all-round Sikander already on the fringes of national selection. But ACC's new captain and his brothers will have to acclimatise quickly to the role of senior players, as the next generation - youth graduates Sean Walsh, Beau te Boekhorst and Jim Dukker - are still finding their feet at Topklasse level.’’

 

 

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