PCB announces schedule for the cricketers fitness test ahead of World Cup
LAHORE - The national selection committee, following discussion with head coach Mickey Arthur Thursday invited 23 probables for the fitness test which will be held here at the National Cricket Academy on 15 and 16 April.
The selection committee also confirmed the squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 will be announced on 18 April in Lahore, said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. “Time of the media conference will be confirmed in due course, while there will be no media engagements or activities from 15 April until the official squad announcement,”he added.
Probables (in alphabetical order): 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.
The Pakistan cricket team will depart for England on 23 April where they will play England in a series of practice and international matches, before entering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge.
The following is the Pakistan cricket team’s schedule of England: Series v England 23 April – Departure for England 27 April – v Kent (50-over practice match) (d) 29 April – v Northamptonshire (50-over match) (d) 1 May – v Leicestershire (T20 match) (d/n) 5 May – v England (only T20I), Cardiff (d) 8 May – 1st ODI v England, The Oval (d) 11 May – 2nd ODI v England, Hampshire (d) 14 May – 3rd ODI v England, Bristol (d) 17 May – 4th ODI v England, Trent Bridge (d) 19 May – 5th ODI v England, Leeds (d) ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule: 24 May – v Afghanistan (warm-up), Bristol (d) 26 May – v Bangladesh (warm-up), Cardiff (d) 31 May – v Windies, Trent Bridge (d) 3 June – v England, Trent Bridge (d) 7 June – v Sri Lanka, Bristol (d) 12 June – v Australia, Taunton (d) 16 June – v India, Old Trafford (d) 23 June – v South Africa, Lord’s (d) 26 June – v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d) 29 June – v Afghanistan, Headingley (d) 5 July – v Bangladesh, Lord’s (d/n)