Pakistan baseball team arrived in Chinese Taipei on Monday to participate in the 29th Asian Baseball Championship being played in City of Taichung.
Soon after its arrival the Pakistan team had a training session to get into rhythm for the premier Asian baseball activity being participated by teams from Japan, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, China, Philippines, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, said the information made available to APP here by the Pakistan Federation Baseball.
According to President, PFBB, Syed Fakhr Ali Shah said the tournament is also an Olympic qualifying round, in which both teams playing the final will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The participating have been placed into two pools. Pool A includes Japan, Chinese Taipei , Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, while Pool B includes Korea, China, Philippines and Pakistan.
The Pakistan team will play its first match against the Philippines tonight (Monday), the second match against Korea on October 15, and the third match against China on October 16. October 17 will be a rest day after group matches.
The Super Round and Consolation round will start from October 18. The matches for medals will be played on October 20.
“The tournament is the biggest baseball event in Asia, in which the top teams from Asia, which are also included in the top 5 in the world, make the tournament very tough and competitive “,said PFBB Chief .
He expressed the hope that the Pakistan team, which is ranked 5th in Asia, will perform better in the tournament.
The Pakistan team includes Umair Imdad Bhatti (captain), Muhammad Taimur Javed, Ihtisham ul Haq, Asad Ali, Rizwan Ali, Alamgir Khan, Muhammad Hussain,—APP