Former Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq to be in charge of national team's 17-day training camp

Pakistan will be playing six Test matches, three one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s in the 2019-20 international season that begins with hosting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series in October.

The Associated Press, Aug 16, 2019 14:35:39 IST

Islamabad: Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq will be in charge of Pakistan's 17-day training camp when it opens on Monday in Lahore.

Former Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq to be in charge of national teams 17-day training camp

File photo of Misbah-ul-Haq. Reuters

The camp at the National Cricket Academy will have 14 centrally contracted and six other cricketers participating.

Azhar Ali, one of the centrally contracted players, is expected to join the camp after completing his county contract with Somerset.

The other five centrally contracted players — Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir — have been exempted because they are playing county cricket in England.

"We have given exemptions to them but they have been advised to return to Pakistan in time to be available for the first-round matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (domestic first class tournament)," said Zakir Khan, director of international cricket for the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Last week the PCB dismissed the national team coaching staff after Pakistan failed to reach the semifinals of the World Cup. That included head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower.

The PCB said Misbah and the cricket academy staff would handle the training camp until a new coaching staff is lined up.

The country's premier domestic tournament — Quaid-e-Azam Trophy — begins from 12 September. Six teams will compete in 31 four-day matches.

Pakistan will be playing six Test matches, three one-day internationals and nine Twenty20s in the 2019-20 international season that begins with hosting Sri Lanka for a two-Test series in October.

"Misbah, who has been Pakistan's most successful captain, understands the arduous demands of the format in this day and age," Khan said.

A high-profile security delegation from Sri Lanka visited Lahore and Karachi last week. The PCB hopes to host Sri Lanka in these two cities for two Test matches.

Pakistan has not hosted a Test match at home since an attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in 2009 killed eight people and wounded several Sri Lankan cricketers.

Camp attendees

Centrally contracted players: Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

Non-contracted players: Asif Ali, Bilal Asif, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali and Zafar Gohar

Updated Date: Aug 16, 2019 14:35:39 IST






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