PCB imports Duke balls for the skill camp
Pakistan Cricket Board prepared green seaming tracks for the skills camp in Lahore and they have also imported the Duke balls to replicate the English playing conditions.
Duke balls have reputation to seam and swing more than the Kookaburra balls that are usually used in the international cricket.
A Pakistan Cricket Board official told Press Trust of India that green seaming tracks were made for the skill camp on the recommendation of Inzamam Ul Haq and the Duke balls are being imported on the advice of Mickey Arthur.
“Since Duke cricket balls will be used in the Test series in England the recommendation was that as much as possible English conditions should be simulated in Lahore,” he said.
Selectors’ shortlisted 21 players are currently attending a skill camp in Lahore under Inzamam Ul Haq’s supervision, however, Mickey Arthur is expected to join the camp till 4th of 5th June.
Although, the newly appointed coach is yet to join, but, he has communicated some recommendations, “Arthur, however, has sent in some plans for the players which are being utilised in the camp now. He is expected to join the team next week but he is in constant touch with the board, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Inzamam,” the official said.
Pakistan team likely to fly to England two weeks before the first game so that they can adjust to the English conditions, they will probably attend another two week long camp in Hampshire.
Pakistan’s spin sensation, Yasir Shah has joined the camp and took part in fitness training and also bowled in the nets. On the other hand, Mohammad Hafeez’ injury has not improved and he will probably miss the tour.