Denmark-based striker Hassan Bashir will lead Pakistan football team in their one-off friendly against Afghanistan at the Punjab Stadium, Lahore, on Friday.
The good news for Pakistan is that former Fulham defender Zeeshan Rehman and Denmark-based Hassan Bashir will be part of the team for the match against Afghanistan.
National footballers will assemble in Lahore on Saturday (today) to kick-start their preparations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship qualifiers
For a country that has never won a World Cup Qualifying match and not scored a WCQ goal in over a decade you would have expected a bit more serious planning, urgency and ambition.
Chitral-based striker Muhammad Rasool is not only the top scorer at the Pakistan Premier League (PPFL) with 22 goals in 20 games this season, but has also caught the eye of the clubs in Ghana and Zimbabwe, with offers coming in for the K-Electric member to play for them.
If the PFF accommodates Kaleem in the team irrespective of the time in which he joins the outfit then it might invite criticism from the other foreign-based players who play leagues in Denmark and England.