Lahore: The ongoing training camp for Pakistan’s upcoming tour for New Zealand lost its importance after PCB decided to release seven players for the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy National cricket championship final which begins in Karachi on Sunday.
The objective of setting up the training camp for 26 players was to improve their fitness level because this was one of the main reason for Pakistan’s defeat in both the ODI and T20 series against England in the UAE.
However the Sui Northern gas pipe lines (SNGPL) and United Bank Ltd (UBL) who reached the final in the largest domestic tournament requested PCB to release their players who were under training here and the request was approved.
ODI captain Azhar Ali, Muhammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Muhammad Rizwan play for SNGPL and Shoaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan and Raees Khan play for UBL.
SNGPL’s leg spinner Yasir Shah is under suspension by ICC after failing a drug test.
Sources say that PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had already taken Waqar Younus into confidence a day earlier on this issue.
Though Waqar was not happy on this development but he still agreed to release these players according to sources.
The camp management has meanwhile announced that there will be no training session on Friday.