Twenty-six Pakistan cricketers will undergo skill and fitness training at the DHA Sports Club Moin Khan Academy in Karachi during the upcoming high-performance camp, announced PCB. Head Coach David Hemp will take charge of this camp when it starts on Saturday, April 24, after a mandatory seven-day quarantine period.
While Hemp is currently conducting a camp for the emerging players at the same venue, national players will stay in a Karachi hotel between 17-23 April to undergo quarantine. Meanwhile, according to PCB’s COVID-19 protocols, all those involved in the camp, will undergo two tests before they enter into the bio-secure environment. And those who return negative tests will undergo second testing on April 17 upon their arrival in Karachi.
The third Test will take place at the end of the seven-day quarantine. And, the camp will take place under a strict bio-secure environment whereas the players and support staff will stay at a local hotel. The 15-day camp will end on May 8 and the coaching staff of the Pakistan national cricket team – Hemp, Arshad Khan, bowling coach, Drikus Saaiman, strength and condition coach, and Kamran Hussain, the assistant coach will supervise the training.
The camp will give an opportunity to participating players to improve their overall fitness, enhance cricketing skills and prepare them for future domestic and international events as well. Apart from, fitness sessions and net practice, the players will get to play50-over, T20 and T10 intra-squad matches during the camp too.
“The camp has been devised to keep the players fit and ready for upcoming international assignments. It also provides an excellent opportunity for our national players to further improve their skills in line with modern day cricket which will make them more competitive in major international tournaments. We are currently in the process of finalizing our international tours program for the next 12 months and it promises to be an exciting year of competitive cricket,” said Chief Selector of PCB, Urooj Mumtaz in an official statement.
“The ongoing emerging camp in Karachi has been instrumental in identifying talented players with good potential, as we look towards improving our bench strength and building for the future. The camp focuses on a holistic athlete development approach as we aim to nurture and develop these youngsters. The players have been provided a safe and secure environment and we have tried to make them as comfortable as possible in these challenging Covid-19 circumstances. We are very optimistic that both emerging and national players will utilize the two camps to the fullest in the presence and supervision of a hardworking and fully dedicated coaching team led by David Hemp,” she further added.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s regular captain Bismah Maroof wouldn’t take part in the camp as she has announced her pregnancy and taken an indefinite break from the game as well. She didn’t feature in their tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe earlier this year too.
Players who will attend the camp arranged by PCB:
Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana Khan, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali, Najiha Alvi, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Rashid, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz and Syeda Aroob Shah