The PCB on Thursday, released a list of 23 probables, who have been invited for the two-day fitness tests scheduled on April 15 and 16th at the National Cricket Academy after consultations with chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur.
However, few notable senior players have not been summoned by the Inzamam ul Haq led selection committee for the final fitness tests being conducted ahead of World Cup squad selection.
Umar Akmal who followed up a brilliant 136 with a blistering innings of 99 in the Pakistan National One-day Cup on Thursday, has surprisingly not been invited to take the fitness tests. It is speculated that Umar Akmal suffered penalty for breaching Pakistan team’s curfew a couple of days ago after which team management has asked selectors not to consider him due to discipline issues.
The two day fitness tests scheduled on April 15 and 16th at the National Cricket Academy Lahore.
Strangely the selectors have invited another middle order batsman, Asif Ali for the fitness tests although the batsman was dropped for the ODI series against Australia.
Several players who made their ODI debuts against Australia in Pakistan’s most recent ODI engagement have found favour, including Mohammad Abbas, who has excelled in Test cricket in recent times, Shan Masood, who reached a maiden ODI half-century in the final match of the Australia series, and Mohammad Hasnain, who Shane Watson described as the fast teen he’d ever batted against after facing him in the Pakistan Super League.
Other notable omissions from the fitness test are left arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who had a five-wicket haul in the National Cup on Wednesday and opener Shehzad, who impressed with four half centuries in the last five matches of the PSL, including the final.
The selectors have kept faith with all six players who were rested for the Australia series while senior all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez has also been asked to appear for the fitness trials.
Arthur has said that there will be no compromises made on fitness of any player while selecting the World Cup squad.
23 Pakistan Probables: Sarfaraz Ahmed (Capt), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Hafeez, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari and Yasir Shah. PTI CORR KHS The PCB also confirmed that the final World Cup squad would be announced on 18th April with the Pakistan team departing on 23rd for England.