Hasan Ali likely to sit out pre-season fitness tests

PCB’s training camp will begin on August 19 at National Cricket Academy in Lahore

Hasan Ali likely to sit out pre-season fitness tests PHOTO: Reuters

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is likely to sit out the pre-season fitness tests, which are scheduled to take place on August 19 and 20 at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

According to sources, Ali is set to tie the knot in a private ceremony in Dubai on August 20 which is why he has requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take his fitness tests at a later date.

Sources further revealed that Ali has assured the PCB that he will join the pre-season camp and appear for fitness tests as soon as he returns, which is likely to be August 22.

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Fourteen centrally contracted and six additional men cricketers have been invited to attend a pre-season camp, which will commence on August 19 at NCA. After two days of fitness testing, the 17-day conditioning camp will begin on August 22 and run until September 7.

As the process for the appointment of the players support personnel has been initiated, former captain Misbahul Haq, with the support of the NCA coaching staff, will craft the training programme and overlook of the camp until the recruitment process has concluded.

During the pre-season camp, the players will undergo fielding drills and net sessions, along with fitness and other cricketing activities.

The camp has been set up to prepare the players for a competitive and challenging domestic and international cricket season, which is expected to begin with the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy from September 12.