Misbah Ul Haq Appointed as Camp Commander for Pakistan
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday named former captain Misbah-Ul-Haq as camp commander at an upcoming 17-day conditioning camp for Pakistan. News from PCB gives rise to speculation that he replaced Mickey Arthur as head coach of Pakistan’s cricket team.
Misbah ul Haq, with the help of the National Cricket Academy staff, will preside over a physically strenuous camp intended to condition the country’s A-list cricketers before their demanding cricket season.
PCB International Director of Cricket Zakir Khan commented that the most successful experience of Pakistan’s captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, will help cricketers prepare for test cricket.
Five cricketers playing county cricket in Wales, England, have secured participation in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy.
Fourteen of nineteen cricketers with a central contract called up at the National Camp in Lahore before the Sri Lanka test series.
PCB reportedly announced the names of the players included in the camp today but refrained from developing the selection criteria.
Cricket’s governing body has selected 20 cricketers, including 14 cricketers with the central contract, to be part of the pre-season camp.
All players will report to the National Cricket Academy on August 19.
Not contracted players Asif Ali, Bilal Asif, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali and Zafara Gohar will also show up at the camp.
Before the camp, participants must pass a two-day fitness test, after which players will participate in the conditioning camp from August 22 to September 7.
The Misbah ul Haq led camp will have Azhar Ali, joining him after completing the contract with Somerset County England.
On the other hand, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Abbas, and Muhammad Amir granted to leave the camp due to their commitments in the County season, while Babar Azam and Muhammad Abbas ordered to report until 12 September.
Contracted players include Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Harris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shaan Masood, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.
According to the plan, special attention paid to the players, preparing them for test cricket as revealed by Zakir Khan.
The camp set up to prepare players for a competing and intriguing season of national and international cricket, which expect to begin with the esteemed Quaid-e-Azam Trophy from 12th September 2019.
In addition to 31 first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches and several white-ball matches about the T20 National Cup and the Pakistan Cup Day Tournament, the Pakistan cricket team scheduled to play six World Cup Tests, three ODIs and nine T20Is next season.