Pakistan right-arm speedster Naseem Shah is amongst the cricketers that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors have invited to participate in the training camp ahead of the Test series in Zimbabwe. Pakistan is currently playing limited-overs series in South Africa, following which they will travel to Zimbabwe for three T20Is and two Tests. Naseem Shah is amongst the six players asked to participate at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore so the coaches could work on their development.
Apart from Naseem Shah, the five other cricketers invited to the camp are Irfan Ullah Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sameen Gul, Taj Wali, and Waqas Mahmood. Separately, a high-performance camp for 25 cricketers not involved in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) occurred at the National High-Performance Centre. However, it had to be abandoned due to a spike in the COVID-19 cases. Amongst the above-mentioned players, only Naseem Shah has played international cricket, playing nine Tests after debuting in November 2019.
Pakistan’s Test players’ bio-secure camp will take from the 11th to 20th of April before the 11 players depart for Harare on the 21st to join their countrymen. Pakistan and Zimbabwe will lock horns in a couple of Tests from the 29th of April to the 3rd of May. The second and the final Test would occur from the 7th of May to the 11th. The Harare-bound Test cricketers to partake in the camp are Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imran Butt, Nauman Ali, Sajid Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tabish Khan, and Zahid Mahmood.
Pakistan’s Test squad for Zimbabwe series:
Babar Azam (c), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Tabish Khan, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Zahid Mahmood, Zahid Khan.