As per reports, the 41-year old Misbah Ul Haq, the veteran middle order batsman Younis Khan, Fawad Alam and Shan Masood are the only ones that have performed well in the drills at boot camp in Kakul.
Press Trust of India reported on Wednesday that more than half of the players attending the fitness camp at Army School of Physical Training have failed their fitness tests.
A source revealed, “Misbah, Younus, Shan and Fawad have maintained a consistent standard,” he added, “However, what is of concern is that apart from a few players, rest have failed to impress the military trainers, fielding coaches, and fitness trainer Grant Ludan.”
Players are being given drills by military trainers like long distance running, 100 meter sprints, hurdle sprints and steep climbing.
Reports suggest that trainers are looking to revamp their plan after the initial results. Now, the players will wake up at 7 PM and will do drills till noon.
The board is still standing firm on its stance that fitness will be a key factor for selecting the squad for England tour, “The PCB has made it very clear that fitness will be a key element when deciding on the touring squad for England,” the source said.
The board believes that fitness is one of the major reasons of Pakistan’s embarrassing performance in limited overs cricket in the recent years, “One reason for the decline in team’s performance in limited-overs format has been greatly attributed to low level of fitness among players,” the source stated.
Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad were left out from the boot camp and the probable players to tour England by the selection committee earlier.
However, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim and Zulfiqar Babar were ruled out due to their fitness issues. Pakistan’s spin sensation, Yasir Shah is also suffering from a knee injury that has made his selection for the upcoming tour, doubtful.