Yasir Shah and Babar Azam to undergo fitness test before the selection for Zimbabwe tour
The Men in Green are scheduled to play T20I tri-series and five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe.
Updated - Jun 19, 2018 6:30 pm
Pakistan endured a fairly successful tour of the United Kingdom and soon they will embark to Zimbabwe for the T20I tri-series involving Australia as well. They are also scheduled to play the 5-match ODI series against the home side starting from July 13. The selectors will pick the squad soon ahead of which their key players Yasir Shah and Babar Azam will undergo the fitness test this weekend.
Babar fractured his arm while playing in the first Test match against England at Lord’s and was ruled out of the remainder of the tour. On the other hand, the leggie Yasir wasn’t picked for the Test series after being ruled unfit due to the hip injury. Both of them are key to Pakistan’s fortunes, especially in the 50-over format.
“A fitness test will be commencing on June 23 in Lahore and the team would be leaving for Harare on the June 28,” the official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said according to Sportskeeda. The head coach Mickey Arthur and the physiotherapist of the team will be supervising the fitness test of Yasir, Babar including Imad Wasim and Rumman Raees as well.
Will the tour go ahead?
There are a lot of doubts lingering over the tour happening as the salary dispute and match fee issue between the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and players is still going on. The PCB doesn’t seem to be affected with all the happenings as they will go ahead with their tour preparations and the selection procedure.
Pakistan is also scheduled to play Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will also participate in the upcoming Asia Cup and they would need their fringe players to be fit. The selectors are in dilemma as the likes of Imad Wasim and Rumman Raees have been on the injury list for a few months now even as few of their pacers are prone to injuries more often than not.