BRADFORD-BORN Guiseley winger Tabish Hussain is hoping to celebrate his 18th birthday on June 6 by being selected for Pakistan in their World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.

Hussain has flown out to Bahrain to the Pakistan squad's training camp in preparation for the

2022 World Cup qualifiers first round.

He is part of a squad of 22 that includes 12 foreign-based and ten home-based players. Following the first game next Thursday, the sides will meet again on June 11 for the return fixture.

Tabish is a member of Guiseley's highly successful Academy side and made his first-team debut for the Lions in the season just ended.

Having picked up the man-of-the-match award in the Wharfedale FA Junior Cup final two

seasons ago, the former Eccleshill United Juniors player could hardly have expected such a

rapid rise.

In the 2018-19 campaign, Tabish scored ten goals in four games for Guiseley's Academy with a tally of five in the first game against Harrogate Town before following this up with a hat-trick in his next game against Rossington Main.

He made his Guiseley first team debut against Nuneaton Borough from one of his six appearances on the subs bench, before breaking a leg last October.

He returned to action in the closing stages of the season in time to hone his skills for the next step up in his football career.

Of his selection, Tabish, whose departure was delayed by exams, said: "It is a great honour to represent your country and I am so lucky to have been given this opportunity at such a young age. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family."

One notable name who is due to join the squad is former Bradford City captain Zesh Rehman. The 35-year-old, who made over 50 appearances for the Bantams in 2009-10, is now playing for Hong Kong Premier League side Southern.

Also in the squad are Birmingham-born brothers Samir and Rahis Nabi, the younger brothers of professional striker Adil Nabi, who has played for England Under-16s and 17s and now plays for Greek First Division club OFI Crete.

Denmark-based striker Mohammad Ali and Danish Superliga winger Adnan Mohammad are also in the Green Shirts squad, who are coached by Brazilian Jose Antonio Nogueira.