PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani has approved management’s request to send an 18-man squad to the World Cup, as a result, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are expected to be called for a fitness test.
The selection committee has decided to call four more players for the fitness test, which will take place on April 15 and 17, ahead of the biggest cricketing event in the world. While the selection committee will have a meeting on April 15, 16 and 17.
Apart from Akmal and Shehzad, Wahab Riaz and Iftikhar Ahmed are also expected to take a fitness test for a spot in the World Cup squad.
According to sources, the selection committee will supervise the whole fitness test, Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim have to clear the fitness test to get a berth in the squad.
On the other hand, fast bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to be in the initial squad, however, he will have to prove his worth during Pakistan’s one T20I and five-match ODI series, otherwise, Wahab Riaz would be a strong candidate to replace him.
The series against England in England will be essential for the World Cup preparations, the selectors are interested to try out new talent, Abid Ali and Mohammad Hasnain alongside the big-hitting batsman, Asif Ali.
The chief selector, Inzamam Ul Haq will announce Pakistan’s World Cup squad on April 18th. While the mega event will take place in England and Wales from May 30th to July 14th.