Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was happy with how the team’s training session in Lahore went, stating that the team is prepared and confident for the upcoming World Cup.
However, the former Australia coach made it clear that such is the level of their rivals that the Men in Green will have to be at their very best if they are to win.
Arthur also backed veteran middle-order batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to come good in England.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was similarly confident, stating that the team is well prepared for the World Cup and vowed that they will give their best in England in their bid to bring home the cup.
“The team is well prepared and we have done a lot of hard work here, plus we have time over there as well,” he said. “We have covered all the bases and will be doing our best to put on a good showing at the World Cup.”
Sarfaraz also praised the men selected by Inzamam-ul-Haq’s selection committee. “The squad is well balanced,” he said. “Our batting line-up is great and we have a lot of good bowlers at our disposal.”
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Pakistan have been strict about their fitness tests in the past but have still included Imad Wasim, Abid Ali and Mohammad Hasnain the side despite their underwhelming scores.
“The reason we included Imad is because we know he is struggling with a knee injury so we gave him some leeway in the tests,” said Sarfaraz. “He is so important to our combination and balance plus he excelled in other tests.”
Abid and Hasnain, meanwhile, were taking their first yo-yo test and were therefore judged more leniently. “Abid and Hasnain haven’t been part of this session before so they didn’t expect it to be this difficult,” said Sarfaraz.
The wicketkeeper-batsman also rubbished claims that he didn’t have a say in the team’s selection. “Everyone has a say in it, including the captain, the coach and the selection committee,” he said. “We have been looking at this group of players for 12-15 months now.”