Despite good performance by Senior players Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad in domestic cricket and Pakistan Super Leagues’ fourth edition, Inzamam ul Haq led selection committee has not summoned these players for fitness tests being conducted ahead of World Cup squad selection.
Umar who followed up a brilliant 136 with another blistering innings of 99 in the Pakistan National One-day Cup on Thursday, has surprisingly not been invited to take the fitness tests. The middle order batsman was recalled for the ODI series against Australia last month after being left out in the cold for more than two and half years.
Other notable omissions from the fitness test list are left arm pacer Riaz, who had a five-wicket haul in the National Cup and opener Shehzad, who impressed with four half centuries in the last five matches of the PSL, including the final.
Probables for fitness test
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari and Yasir Shah
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22 August, 2019