Training camp for WI Test series begins todayArchive
LAHORE: Pakistan’s two senior cricketers — Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan — are going to attend a short training camp, beginning on Tuesday (today) at the Gaddafi Stadium, along with 11 other players.
Younis, who has played 115 Tests, needs only 23 runs to become the first Pakistan player to have scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
As he has to play three matches against the West Indies, it is most likely that he will achieve the landmark.
On the other hand, Misbah, the most successful Test captain for Pakistan, is just 49 runs away from 5,000 runs in Test cricket. He is a veteran of 72 matches and may call it a day after the Caribbean tour.
Azhar Ali, who lost his place in the ODI side and its captaincy, is included among the players starting training on Tuesday. He has so far scored 4,707 runs in 57 Tests, averaging 47.07.
Sami Aslam and Shan Masoood are the other two openers, besides Azhar, who are invited for the camp.
Middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin, a forgotten prospect of Pakistan cricket, again found his name in the list of Test probables after playing only two ODI against the West Indies some six years back.
Asad Shafiq, a prolific Test batsman, who has played a good number of vital innings for Pakistan and is also looking for a place in the ODI team, will also attend the camp.
Eminent spinner Yasir Shah is included in the list.
Sohail Khan, who was declared the best bowler of the last Pakistan Super League but was not selected in T20 and ODI teams for the West Indies series, has now been called for the camp meant for Test cricket.
The bowler has no prominent performance in the longer version of the game as he has claimed 27 wickets at an average of 41.66 in nine Test matches.
Another Test fast bowler Rahat Ali and an emerging right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Abbas are included in the list.
Abbas has shown good performances in domestic seasons. He has played 57 first-class matches and took 244 wickets at an average of 22.45.
A left-arm spinner Khalid Usman and little known Asad Raza are also part of the camp players.
The camp will end on April 7 and later the Pakistan squad for three Test matches against the West Indies, starting on April 22, will be announced.
Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Asad Raza, Khalid Usman.
Published in Dawn, April 4th, 2017