ICL: Indian Cricket League

Bari wants super fit players for England tour


Wasim_BariChief selector Wasim Bari will seek a detailed report from the national team’s fitness trainers before Pakistan announce their 16-man squad for this summer’s tour of England on June 9.

Bari told this correspondent here on Wednesday that he would go to Lahore a few days before the selection of the Pakistani squad to have meetings with the fitness trainers, team’s coach Bob Woolmer and skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq.

“I have to attend a (PCB) Ad-hoc Committee meeting in Lahore on June 5 and once it is over, I would fully concentrate on taking the input from the team management especially its fitness trainers,” said the former Test cricketer.

Bari, along with Woolmer and Inzamam, has been asked to attend the Ad-hoc Committee meeting to be held early next week to discuss a number of issues pertaining to national cricket.

The chairman of the national selection committee said he wants to be certain that the players, who are to be selected for the England tour, are fully fit. “We want very, very fit players to tour England because it’s a very tough and demanding tour,” said Bari referring to Pakistan’s assignment spanning from late June to September during which the team would play four Tests and five One-day Internationals (ODIs).

The top man on Bari’s list would be express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. The pacer is gunning for a return in the national team after being out of action for a few months because of a career-threatening knee injury. He remains under a cloud after failing to resume training at full throttle at a conditioning camp under progress in Lahore.

But Bari said the selectors would want to make it sure that each and every player selected in the Pakistan team is a hundred percent fit.

He would be meeting Pakistan’s fitness trainers Grant Compton and Murray Stevenson early next week. The South African duo is presently working with the preliminary squad players.

Bari stated he would also hold separate meetings with Woolmer and Inzamam before the national selection committee sits down in Lahore to finalise the squad tentatively on June 8.

“I have to take both (captain and coach) in confidence before deciding the team,” said Bari, adding that the selectors, Woolmer and Inzamam act like a team while finalising the squad.

He rejected the impression that skipper Inzamam and Woolmer dictate terms in the selection process, insisting, “The job to select the squad is of the (national) selectors. It is we who select the main squad and later it is up to the coach and captain what sort of eleven they want to field in a particular match.”
Source:The News

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