LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called 26 players for a High-Performance training camp at National High-Performance Centre (NHPC).
The players are directed to report to the camp tomorrow (3 June) and the training sessions will start on Friday (June 4).
Meanwhile, experienced cricketer Asad Shafiq and Tabish Khan have missed out on the camp. Asad last played a Test in 2020 and was dropped due to poor performance. Tabish’s exclusion is yet another surprise as the right-arm fast bowler got a chance to make his Test debut at the age of 36 against Zimbabwe in April this year. The lad played only a Test and took a wicket.
The 26 players’ list includes Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab), Ather Mehmood (Northern), Faisal Akram (Southern Punjab), Haris Sohail (Balochistan), Imran Butt (Balochistan), Irfanullah Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Israrullah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Mir Hamza (Sindh), Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab), Mohammad Taha (Sindh), Mubasir Khan (Northern), Mukhtar Ahmed (Southern Punjab), Munir Riaz (Northern), Nauman Ali (Northern), Omair Bin Yousaf (Sindh), Sahibzada Farhan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Salman Irshad (Northern), Saud Shakeel (Sindh), Taj Wali (Balochistan), Umer Khan (Southern Punjab), Usman Salahuddin (Central Punjab), Waqar Hussain (Southern Punjab), Yasir Shah (Balochistan) and Zia-ul-Haq (Southern Punjab).
These players will be divided into two batches, one for red-ball cricket and other for white-ball format. All the players will train under the supervision of NHPC’s coaches Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammad Yousuf, and Umar Rashid. Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach, men’s team), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach, men’s team), Ijaz Ahmed (head coach, Shaheens), Rao Iftikhar Anjum (bowling coach, Shaheens) and Mohtisham Rasheed (fielding coach, Shaheens) will also join the camp.