Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to organise a preparatory camp for the upcoming Asia Cup, schedule to start from 15 September in United Arabia Emirates.
It will be an eight-day camp in Lahore. According to report, the players will undergo physical training in the morning session. In the afternoon session, they will work on their batting, bowling and fielding skills at the Gaddafi Stadium.
The Pakistan team will reach the United Arab Emirates (UAE) four days prior to the tournament. Right now, the players are spending some time off after enjoying some good results on the cricket field in recent months. The reports are also suggesting that PCB officials are also mulling over the option of gathering players in Abbottabad two to three days prior to the eight-day training camp.
The national selection committee, headed by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, is expected to announce training camp dates for the Asia Cup next week.
Pakistan will be brimming with confidence after a good show in recent series. They won the one-off Test in Ireland. After that they drew the Test series 1-1 in England. It was followed by a highly successful tour of Zimbabwe. The Men in Green won the T20I tri-series featuring the hosts and Australia. Sarfraz Ahmed & Co. had thrashed Australia by six wickets in the final to lift the trophy.
The reigning Champions Trophy holders then thrashed Zimbabwe 5-0 in the subsequent ODI series.
Asia Cup 2018:
UAE will host the 14th edition of the Asia Cup. This will be the third time, the nation will host the tournament, having previously hosted it in 1984 and 1995.
The opening game of the competition will see Bangladesh and Sri Lanka fighting it out on September 15. Defending champions India, on the other hand, would start their campaign three days later against the winner of the Asia Cup qualifiers. On the very next day, they will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a mouth watering clash.