Pakistan camp begins without leading players

The conditioning camp for Pakistan’s tour of England got underway on the wrong foot on Thursday in Lahore.

With most of the players who are expected to actually make the cut for the 16-member final squad for England as well as national team’s coach Bob Woolmer missing, the camp would for all practical purposes, begin after two or three days.

The national selection committee had chosen 21 players to attend the fitness camp last week.

Most of the leading Pakistani players are presently either in Saudi Arabia for a couple of exhibition matches or in England playing county cricket.

Woolmer, who is to supervise the team’s preparations for the tour of England, is also yet to arrive in Pakistan for the exercise.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq recently took a team of top cricketers to Jeddah where they are featuring in two exhibitions matches against an Asian XI. Inzamam and other touring players are scheduled to join the fitness camp in Lahore on May 28.

The trio of Rana Naved-ul-Hassan, Mohammad Asif and Shahid Afridi would miss the entire exercise because of club commitments in England. Rana and Asif and playing country cricket while Afridi is featuring in a league competition. The three are certain to make the final 16 for the tour of England and would join the team in Lahore directly for the cricket camp which follows the 12-day conditioning exercise.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on May 26th, 2006 with no comments.
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