Pakistan players to undergo 25-day high-performance training from May 29

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26 Pakistan players will undergo training at a 25-day high-performance camp at the Inzamam-ul-Haq high-performance centre in Multan from May 29 to June 22, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday (May 27).

All the regular members of the squad including skipper Javeria Khan, allrounder Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz will be part of the training squad along with young players like Ayesha Zafar. The same set of players earlier underwent a 15-day training in Karachi under the supervision of head coach David Hemp from April 24.

“Our players enter this camp on the back of an intense training camp in Karachi that concluded earlier this month. During the camp, they were pushed to their limits for improvement in all facets of the game. The group remains focused and is eager to continue to train with the same intensity and making the most of this opportunity, as we collectively aim to become strong contenders on the world stage,” Urooj Mumtaz, Pakistan chief selector, said.

The players will undergo skills and fitness training during the camp. Pakistan will be looking to use the camp as a preparation for ICC World Cup Qualifier scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in December this year.

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“The Pakistan Cricket Board continues to invest in the women’s game and has provided the desired platform to our elite women cricketers to continue their preparations in a competitive environment for the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup next year,” Mumtaz added.

The camp will be held in a bio-secure environment with all the COVID-19 protocols in place. The players and the support staff will undergo first set of pre-arrival COVID-19 tests on Thursday and those who tested negative will assemble in National high-performance centre in Lahore ahead of the departure.

Once they reach the camp, they will have to be tested again before undergoing isolation and those who test negative will start training in groups from May 31. All the groups will start training together once they pass the third COVID-19 test on June 4.

Squad for the camp: Aliya Riaz, Aiman Anwar, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi, Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz and Syeda Aroob Shah