Waqar Younis invites 15 bowlers for special camp

Ahead of the Australia tour, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis will assess the form and fitness of the bowlers to help the selector pick the best squad.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, who had a good outing in the Cricket World Cup 2019, will also join the camp.   -  FILE PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES

 

Desperate to find wicket-taking bowlers for the Australia tour, Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has invited 15 bowlers, including two spinners, to attend a special weekend camp.

Both head coach-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis have emphasised on having wicket-taking bowlers for the upcoming Twenty20 and Test series Down Under.

“The national selection committee has invited 15 high-performing bowlers from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the ongoing National T20 Cup as well as fast bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi for the weekend camp,” a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

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The PCB statement said that purpose of the camp is to provide the selector a better insight on the fitness and form of the bowlers. It can further assist him while picking the T20I and Test sides for the coming tour.

“It will also give the bowlers an opportunity to understand their shortcomings and ways to improve their skills in the upcoming domestic matches,” it said.

Left-arm paceman Shaheen missed the recent home series against Sri Lanka and is also not playing domestic cricket due to fitness issues while Pakistan’s experienced Hasan Ali is also on the sidelines because of injury.

Younis made it clear that the two-day camp will help him judge the form and fitness of the bowlers. Test captain Azhar Ali is also expected to monitor the camp.

The squads for the Australia tour will be announced by Misbah on Monday.