Pak players to attend conditioning camp ahead of Zimbabwe tour

Pakistan will play one Test, three One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 during their Zimbabwe tour © Getty Images


Lahore: Jul 17, 2011


The Pakistan cricket team for next month’s tour of Zimbabwe will only undergo a short conditioning camp as it coincides with the holy month of Ramazan, according to PCB sources.


“Since Ramazan starts from around August 2 and the team has to leave for Harare around the 24th it has been decided to have a three-four days conditioning camp before the team’s departure,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official said.


He said the schedule of the camp would be finalised once chief coach, Waqar Younis arrives here from Australia. Waqar, who is based in Sydney, had delayed his arrival by 10 days due to ill health, but will now reach here on Monday. 


In his absence, the PCB has been organising fast-track camps at the National Cricket Academy for leading players, including members of the national team available in Pakistan. 


Many of the leading players are presently busy playing County cricket in England. “The fast-track camps continue till July end so there is no purpose having a full-fledged camp before the Zimbabwe tour,” the official said. 


Pakistan will play one Test, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 match during the three-week tour. 


The official confirmed that before leaving, the board would also announce the revised list of central contracts for players. “We were supposed to release the revised list of contracted players from July 1 and the list is final. We are just waiting for final approval from the board chairman who returns from abroad next week,” the official said.