National cricket team allowed training for T20 World Cup
National cricket team players and staffers have been allowed to undergo training for the T20 World Cup from Sunday at National High Performance Centre as COVID-19 reports of all squad came back negative, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The training sessions will be held on coming Monday and Tuesday at National High Performance Centre, Lahore.
Pakistan team will leave for UAE on October 15 to participate in the ICC Men’s T20 World cup.
Earlier, National selectors on Friday confirmed Pakistan’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November.
Pakistan is in Group 2 and will open their campaign against India on 24 October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
From the squad that was announced on 4 September and after taking into consideration player performances and form, the selectors have made three changes.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali have replaced Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain respectively, while Fakhar Zaman, who was originally named as a travel reserve, has swapped places with Khushdil Shah.
Chief selector Muhammad Wasim said, “After reviewing player performances in the highly-competitive National T20 and in consultation with the team management, we have decided to include Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Schedule of Pakistan’s matches in ICC Men’s T20
World Cup 2021 (all matches to start at 1900/7pm PST:
24 Oct – Pakistan v India, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
26 Oct – Pakistan v New Zealand, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
29 Oct – Pakistan v Afghanistan, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
2 Nov – Pakistan v A2, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abdu Dhabi
7 Nov –Pakistan v B1, ICC T20 WC (Group 2), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final schedule:
10 Nov – 1st semi-final, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
11 Nov – 2nd semi-final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
14 Nov – Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Reporter Mehmood Riaz