PCB call 23 players for fitness test excluding Umar Akmal


Pakistan’s team management has called 23 players for a fitness test on April 15 and 16 ahead of the World Cup starting from May 30 in England and Wales.

The 23 players include Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah.

Despite scoring 235 runs in two matches including a century in Pakistan Cup, the right-handed batsman Umar Akmal has been failed to make it to the list of players who will attend the fitness test. The 29-years-old was called for the ODI series against Australia which Pakistan lost 5-0.

After scoring a century on debut, Abid Ali is a strong prospect for the World Cup’s squad as the right-hander will give his fitness test. Mohammad Rizwan is likely to make it to the World Cup squad after smashing two centuries against Australia in the UAE.

According to the statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the team management has finalized the squad for the mega event in consultation with the head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed and will announce it on April 18 in Lahore.

It is pertinent to mention here that the national team will leave for England on April 23. They will play ODI series against England, practice matches against county sides and World Cup’s warm-up matches before taking on Windies in their opening match of the biggest cricketing event on 31 May at Trent Bridge.