Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday (April 2) While addressing a press conference said that “Sarfaraz Ahmed is our first-choice wicketkeeper, he is our captain,”
“We are very clear regarding our World Cup squad and the preparations for the World Cup. The series against Australia was disappointing, but there were positive takeaways. We gave opportunity to new talent in order to test them. [There were] five centuries [from our batsmen], and we saw a young fast bowler [Hasnain].
“Abid Ali impressed us a lot. He played a very, very good innings. He is hungry [to score] and wants to play for Pakistan,” Arthur said about the 31-year old, who became the 15th batsman, and only the third from Pakistan, to score a hundred on his ODI debut when he made 112 against Australia at Dubai last week.
“There will be no compromise on players’ fitness. We will conduct fitness tests around April 14. We will sit down with the selection committee in the next couple of days and make decisions about the World Cup squad,” he said. “We have individual player plans for everyone. We will implement the plan for each and every player,” he said, adding that the team camp will start on April 16 or 17.
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