Fawad, Shaan fittest play­ers in camp

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—Bats­man Fawad Alam and opener Shaan Masood are said to be the fittest play­ers in the train­ing camp kept in prepa­ra­tion for the Eng­land tour un­der­way at the Kakul Mil­i­tary Academy.

Talk­ing to APP, a Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) of­fi­cial said that Fawad and Shaan have topped the fit­ness tests and are the fittest play­ers among oth­ers. “De­spite age test cap­tain Mis­bah-ul- Haq and bats­man You­nis Khan are also among the top­pers in the fit­ness tests.”

“As many as 31 play­ers are at­tend­ing the camp and mostly a dozen of them have been un­able to meet the cri­te­ria of the fit­ness tests and have been un­suc­cess­ful to pass it,” he said.

He said the most below par per­for­mances of the play­ers who were even un­able to come near fit­ness in­cluded Zul­fiqar Babar and So­haib Maq­sood.

“The se­lec­tors and the board are very cu­ri­ous about the fit­ness tests and top pri­or­ity will be given to those play­ers who will be to­tally in shape,” he said.

He said Pak­istan’s dis­as­trous show in the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 was a re­sult of play­ers’ be­ing un­able to meet the fit­ness lev­els that was also pointed by for­mer coach Waqar You­nis and team man­ager In­tikhab Alam.

He said the Pak­istan cricket team will also be un­der­go­ing a two-weeks train­ing camp in June in Eng­land prior to their series there.

“The na­tional team will be sent to Eng­land in mid June (June 14 or 15) for a two-weeks train­ing camp at the Rose Bowl cricket ground in Hamp­shire, Eng­land,” he said.

Pak­istan will play its first prac­tice match against Som­er­set on July 3 while the sec­ond on July 8 against Sussex. The series against the English team will be­gin with the first Test on July 14. Pak­istan will play four Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 in its tour to Eng­land.—APP

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