Pakistan will announce the names of 22 probables today (Thursday) for a fitness camp scheduled to get underway in Lahore in preparation of this summerâ€™s tour of England.
Chief selector Wasim Bari told this correspondent on Wednesday that pacers Rana Naved-ul-Hassan and Muhammad Asif have been exempted from the fitness camp as they are playing county cricket in England.
â€œRana and Asif would directly join the camp for the 16-man squad next month because they are already playing competitive cricket in England and there is no need to test their fitness,â€ said Bari.
Bari said he had a detailed discussion with Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday to discuss the formation of the list of players for the England tour.
He said the selection committee has given Inzamam an option of taking four openers to England. â€œWe have also given the names of Taufiq Umar and Muhammad Hafeez alongside two regular openers. It is now up to Inzamam and the team management to decide whether they want to go for it.â€
The selectors have also recommended Pakistan A team player Zulqarnain Haider as a second wicket-keeper in the probablesâ€™ list. Zulqarnain, 20, first appeared on the international scene when he was named as the understudy to former skipper Moin Khan in the home series against Sri Lanka in the fall of 2004.
Bari said he is also in favour of Pakistan recalling discarded middle-order batsman Asim Kamal for the Test series against England. â€œWe believe that Asim has gone into a shell after getting omitted from the Pakistan team. He shouldnâ€™t do it. Instead, he should fight it out. We believe he should get another chance but once that is done, the player will have to do well enough to impress the captain and the coach.â€
Bari ruled out the inclusion of fast-rising young batsman Shahid Yousuf in the Pakistan team list. â€œIt is too early for him,â€ he said referring to the 19-year-old player who has been in impressive form in recent months.
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