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Player’s fitness not at international standards as training camp ends

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) arranged a fitness and training camp at the National Cricket Academy in preparations for the upcoming tour to England, ARY News reported.

During the fitness camp it was found out that several players were not at par with the international standards of fitness levels. Worldwide players receive 20 points on the fitness scale to pass the test whereas the PCB gives 17 points to pass the test.

According to sources Saeed Ajmal, Sohaib Maqsood and Zulfiqar Babar were declared unfit due to various injuries.

Only Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan were declared with the best level of fitness, whereas Umar Akmal could not pass the fitness test.

The fitness of Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz fitness was considered satisfactory whereas Younis Khan, Anwar Ali, Shaan Masood, Babar Azam and Muhammad Sami could not satisfy the fitness experts.

Even Twenty20 Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and ODI Captain Azhar Ali have also failed to maintain their fitness level. Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq also attended the camp after he recently returned after performing Umrah.

AHMED SHAHZAD PLEA TO ATTEND

Meanwhile opening batsmen Ahmed Shahzad has wrote a letter to the PCB requesting them to allow him to attend the training camp.  Shahzad apologized for his ill-discipline promising to improve his attitude and said that he will strive to be a better player.  Sources confirmed that Shahzad is expected to join the camp as the 36th player.

Ex-Coach Waqar Younis had blamed Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal for poor discipline during a report about the reasons for the recent debacle in the Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup. Manager Intikhab Alam had also targeted both these players in a separate report submitted to the PCB.

Newly appointed Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had sought a report on player discipline based on which it was decided to drop Ahmed Shahzad from the training camp.

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