Pakistan squad begins preparations for Sri Lanka tour

They will play a two-match Test series

July 04, 2023
Babar Azam prepares for the training camp - Geo News

KARACHI: Pakistan squad has assembled in Karachi for a training camp ahead of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka this month.

Currently the training camp includes 16 players with the likes of Pakistan captain Babar Azam, pacer Naseem Shah and wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Fast-bowler Hasan Ali and top-order batter Shan Masood will join the camp tomorrow.

Spinner Zahid Mahmood and Sajid Ali have also been called up for the camp despite not being part of Pakistan’s Test squad for Sri Lanka tour.

Wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan was not present for the first session of the training camp on Tuesday, due to personal reasons, but he is likely to be available later during the day.

The players will be released from the camp on Friday evening to attend pacer Haris Rauf’s wedding in Islamabad. They will reassemble in Karachi on Saturday and will leave for Sri Lanka, via Dubai, on the same day.

Itinerary of Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka:

9 July – Pakistan land in Colombo

11 and 12 July – Warm-up game

16-20 July – First Test at Galle International Cricket Stadium

24-28 July – Second Test at Singhalese Sports Club, Colombo

Pakistan squad

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc & wk), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Huraira, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi and Shan Masood

Player support personnel

Rehan-ul-Haq (team manager), Grant Bradburn (head coach), Andrew Puttick (batting coach), Morne Morkel (bowling coach), Aftab Khan (fielding coach), Abdul Rehman (assistant coach), Drikus Saaiman (strength and conditioning coach), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (media and digital content manager), Lt Col Usman Anwari (Retd) (security manager), Talha Ejaz (analyst) and Malang Ali (masseur).

Atique ur Rehman is a senior reporter for Geo News.