Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez to miss fitness tests


The veteran Pakistani allrounder, Shahid Afridi and Professor, Mohammad Hafeez have pulled out their names from fitness tests due to their knee injuries. Shahid Afridi is having a niggle in his knee and he has notified the board last week via an email that he will not be able to take the scheduled fitness test.

Shahid Afridi took Twitter to announce his minor injury and his determination of gaining fitness.


On the other hand, Mohammad Hafeez is still carrying the injury at the back of his knee that kept him out from the key matches of the World T20. He is currently going through rehabilition the supervision of National Cricket Academy (NCA) doctors.

Hafeez talked to Express Tribune and said, “I hope to recover in the next two to three weeks, I will be travelling to Kakul for the training camp where my rehabilitation work would continue, I will try my best to attain full fitness before the England tour.”

Other than these two experienced Pakistani players, Imad Wasim and Haris Sohail also missed the fitness test. Haris Sohail is undergoing a rehabilition process as well after after getting his knee operated in Dubai, while Imad Wasim is struggling with his ankle injury.

The fitness test for centrally contracted players began on Sunday in the NCA, where the Pakistani team trainer Grant Luden spent a day taking fitness test of Pakistan’s big names like Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and others.

The test was divided in four sessions, stamina, endurance and agility. It was tough for players as well as for the trainer due to hot weather of Lahore.

Misbah Ul Haq, who is currently in Saudia Arabia to perform Umrah, is likely to take the fitness tests after his return.

Grant Luden will submit a detailed report to the board and the newly appointed Chief Selector, Inzamam Ul Haq after the fitness tests are done.

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