LAHORE: National summer cricket camp for improving the physical fitness of the commenced here on Tuesday at Gadaffi stadium with 39 players reported, out of 40.
“Azhar Ali has not reported the camp as he is nursing a knee injury and the doctors have advised him a month long rest,” said former test cricketer, Muhammad Akram who is head coach of the National cricket academy.
He said the prime objective of the month long camp is to tune up the players, both physically and mentally, helping them to take on the coming national cricket assignments in a decent way.
“During the first two days of the camp the screening of the players will be carried out and special emphasis will be laid on physical fitness during 18-day programme designed to help the players to achieve prime fitness , six days have been reserved for net and fielding practice and the during the last four days of the camp a four day match will be organized,” he said while revealing the programme of the training.
He said the entire screening process of each player will be data-based readily available to the selection committee. “We will be conducting the screening process after every four months and thrice a year which will help in knowing the individual form and fitness of each player.”
Akram said former test cricketers would also be visiting the camp to deliver lectures on different aspect of the game.
He said that after the conclusion of the camp, 24 emerging players will also be named and with a combination of 66 players the selectors will be having ample choice while selecting national squads for various assignments.
“The national side is always a combination of experience and youth and all the young players can not be inducted in the side in one go.”
To a question he said the pace bowler Juniad Khan has been given the permission to play county cricket to regain lost touch and confidence.
Akram described fast bowler Umer Gul as an asset of the team admitting the fact that the bowler has failed to raise to the occasion in his recent showing. “Every player goes through a bad patch in his career and it takes time to overcome injuries and fitness problems and talented bowlers like Umer can make a come back at any stage,” he maintained.