Pakistan's Test batter Fawad Alam has said that the six-day training camp in Karachi for the upcoming red-ball series against Australia went really well and the team fully prepared itself for the tough assignment.
At the conclusion of Pakistan's training camp at the National Stadium, Fawad — while talking to Geo News — said that during the camp, the team benefited a lot from playing some scenario-based matches in order to fully grasp the techniques of the very tough Australian team.
Fawad also said that when the last time Australia toured Pakistan way back in 1998, he saw those matches as a spectator from the stands.
"And now, we will be playing against the same team," he said.
Regarding Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad said that both are world-class players and their stellar performances are in front of everyone.
"We can never match their class and stature, so instead, we learn a lot from them," he said.
About Pakistan's interim batting coach Mohammad Yousuf, Fawad said his arrival will be "really beneficial for the team."
Regarding his awkward batting stance, Fawad said that no one has asked him to change his techniques yet.
"I am ready to play in ODI cricket as well if I am given a chance," he said.
About Pakistan's strategy for the Australian series, he said that if the strategy is revealed, then Australia will find out about it beforehand.
"We will plan strategies according to the conditions," he said.
Injured Mohammad Nawaz's Update
According to the sources, the experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah is being considered as the replacement for the injured all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz's in the Test squad.
Players who will join the Test squad in Rawalpindi
While after the end of the camp, players including Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Fawad Alam, Noman Ali and Sajid Khan will leave for Rawalpindi this evening. Veteran batter Azhar Ali will rejoin the squad a day later due to private engagement. Skipper Babar Azam will join the squad in Rawalpindi today.
While the rest of the members of the Test squad will go to Rawalpindi after the conclusion of this year's Pakistan Super League (PSL)
The reserved players will not go to Rawalpindi and instead will play in the Pakistan Cup.