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PCB invited 23 probables for the fitness test ahead of World Cup

The Pakistan squad for the tour of England is expected to consist of 17 players. The squad usually comprises of 15 players however the selection committee will name two additional players with the permission of the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani.

The reason for sending additional players is to gauge their performance in English conditions.

Head Coach Mickey Arthur took the advice of Bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood and Batting Coach Grant Flower in order to formulate a list of probable names for the series against England.

Arthur will now meet Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq to finalise the plans for the World Cup.

While the prime focus of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management is on fitness and performance of the players, the board has planned a fitness training camp on April 15, to judge the scale of fitness of the boys. Head coach Mickey Arthur has started consultation process ahead of the player fitness tests, training camp and squad announcement for the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

The national selection committee, following discussion with head coach Mickey Arthur, today invited 23 probables for the fitness test, which will be held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on 15 and 16 April.

The selection committee also confirmed the squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will be announced on 18 April in Lahore.

Time of the media conference will be confirmed in due course, while there will be no media engagements or activities from 15 April until the official squad announcement.

Here’s the list of players:

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain)
  • Abid Ali
  • Asif Ali
  • Babar Azam
  • Faheem Ashraf
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Haris Sohail
  • Hassan Ali
  • Imad Wasim
  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Junaid Khan
  • Mohammad Abbas
  • Mohammad Amir
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Mohammad Hasnain
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Mohammad Rizwan
  • Shadab Khan
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Shan Masood
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Usman Shinwari
  • Yasir Shah

Umar Akmal has not been called by National Selection Committee for fitness test, which mean he’s not a part of PCB’s World Cup plans.

Few days ago. While talking about Umar Akmal Arthur said that, “Umar Akmal is a competent player and puts efforts to do well for the team. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq picks good players.” 

Few days ago, Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Arthur made it clear that there is no room for compromise on the levels of fitness for the 2019 World Cup, and affirmed that senior players are fit and ready to participate in the mega event.

Pakistan’s preparations for the World Cup aren’t done yet. They head to England later this month, where they will play a solitary Twenty20 International and five ODIs. Arthur said this would be the “best-prepared squad that’s ever left Pakistan” for the World Cup.

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