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Imad Wasim given extra time by PCB

Pakistan cricketers underwent fitness test in National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore ahead of Pakistan squad selection for the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 World Cup.

The fitness tests were conducted in the presence of Pakistan coaching staff and National selection committee members.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan proved to be the fittest player in Pakistan team as he scored the highest, 20, in the YoYo test. He was followed by opener Shan Masood and pacer Hasan Ali, who bagged 19 points each in the YoYo test.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and left-arm quick Mohammad Amir also cleared their fitness test as they scored 18 points each. All-rounders Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf and left-arm pacers Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi also passed their fitness test.

The selection committee headed by former test captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, was left satisfied on Monday when another left arm pacer Muhammad Aamir cleared the fitness test even though there is a debate raging on whether he should be in the World Cup squad after taking just five wickets in his 14 ODIs since the 2017 Champions Trophy. In his last nine ODIs, Aamir has just got three wickets.

However, all-rounder Imad Wasim, spinner Yasir Shah, opener Abid Ali and young pacer Mohammad Hasnain failed to meet the required fitness standard of 17.4.

Players who failed to meet the required standard can miss the flight to England for the mega event, as the Pakistan team management emphasized that there will be no compromise on fitness.

Imad Wasim allowed extra time to pass fitness test, reported ESPNCricinfo

Despite mounting speculation about Imad Wasim’s fitness over the last two days, the all-rounder appears set to go to the World Cup with Pakistan.

Imad was hampered by a knee problem which has flared up again. He gave an unofficial test and failed to clear it.

Despite failing the fitness test, he will undergo one more fitness test ahead of the World Cup, and PCB officials are convinced he will clear it, reported ESPNcricinfo.

Since the end of the series against Australia, Imad had been at the National Cricket Academy, working on his rehabilitation. A video circulated on social media today showed him gingerly jogging up the steps of the Gaddafi stadium stands with his teammates, lending credence to the fitness concerns that had been raised over the past few days.

The chairman of the selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq will announce the squad for the World Cup on April 18, Thursday.

The national selectors didn’t bother to call up either of the two batsmen, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad nor left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the tests despite their impressive performances in the just concluded Pakistan Cup national one-day tournament in Rawalpindi.

Wahab told a private TV channel that he was bitterly disappointed and upset at not being invited even for the fitness tests even though the selectors had not included him in the list of 23 probables.

“It is very disappointing for me to not be considered for the World Cup in which I have always come up with good performances. But I can only do my best and hope for the best,” Wahab said.


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