27 Pakistan players will reach Karachi on Thursday for their National High-Performance Camp after they came negative in their first COVID-19 tests. However, they will undergo second COVID-19 tests after they reach the destination, following which they will be allowed to enter into the bio-secure bubble. Before the tests, the players will get separate accommodation as well.
On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced the player support personnel for the camp as well. While Azam Khan will be the head coach, Kamran Hussain will be his assistant. Meanwhile, Saboor Ahmed will work as a strength and conditioning coach during the camp. While Zubair Ahmed will work as the analyst, Rabbia Amir will work as the physio. Meanwhile, Fizza Abid will be the camp manager.
The support staff will reach Karachi tomorrow after coming negative in their first COVID-19 tests. However, other specialist coaches from the National High-Performance Centre will also share their experience with the players during the camp. Notably, the camp will formally start from Saturday, 10 October at the National Stadium.
They last played during the T20 World Cup in Australia in March before COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world into a standstill. However, Pakistan could manage to win only one game in the tournament. And, with the postponement of the ICC Cricket World Cup for one year, they have enough time to prepare for the 2022 World Cup qualifying event after the ICC decided to divide the points equally of their unplayed series against India.
Meanwhile, players are quite excited about the camp and the Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said pcb.com.pk, “There is a lot of excitement amongst the players to get back together after seven, eight months. Everyone is looking forward to making the most of this camp by working on their skills and fitness. It is going to be a bit difficult to carry the rhythm from where we left but the aim should be to work hard and achieve it. We are looking forward to working with David Hemp, the newly appointed head coach, and try to get the best out of ourselves.”
She further said, “As a captain, my aim is to take this team into the top four and this team has that potential. But, we need to work hard to achieve and fully utilise it, which is our focus over the next year so we can prepare ourselves for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2022.”
Players invited for the PCB High-Performance Camp:
Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana Khan, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Javeria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz and Syeda Aroob Shah