Update: Renowned sports journalist Saj Sadiq shared the information that a PCB official claims that no more players have been asked to join the squad.
PCB official "no more players have been asked to attend the fitness tests. The number of players requested to attend the fitness tests remains at 23" #cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 9, 2019
Following his tweet making rounds on social media, Mirza Iqbal, who broke the news, posted this:
I stand to my tweet pic.twitter.com/CGVwmfvD5D
— Mirza Iqbal Baig (@mirzaiqbal80) April 9, 2019
Although it remains unclear what PCB has in mind, but things will be cleared in due course time.
Hard work always yields results. It may take some time – but it always pays off. It’s a similar story for a few Pakistani cricketers who were initially not part of the 23 players called for a fitness test in Lahore.
But a consistent performance in the ongoing Pakistan ODI Cup has paved their way for the world cup selection.
PCB’s cricket selection committee has invited four more cricketers including Wahab Riaz, Umer Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, and Iftikhar Ahmed for the fitness test.
After the induction of these four names, 27 players will appear in PCB’s fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 15 and 16.
This will help selectors shortlist a 15-member World Cup squad from these players, expected to be announced on 18th April.
|Sarfraz Ahmed||Shoaib Malik||Mohammad Hafeez||Fakhar Zaman|
|Shadab Khan||Shaheen Afridi||Ahmed Shehzad||Shan Masood|
|Abid Ali||Mohammad Amir||Imad Waseem||Yasir Shah|
|Imam-ul-Haq||Faheem Ashraf||Hassan Ali||Haris Sohail|
|Asif Ali||Mohammad Hasnain||Mohammad Nawaz||Usman Shinwari|
|Mohammad Junaid||Wahab Riaz||Umar Akmal||Iftikhar Ahmed|
|Babar Azam||Mohammad Hasnain||Mohammad Abbas|
Pakistan cricket team will depart for England on April 23 where they will play a one-off T20 followed by a five-match ODI series ahead of World Cup 2019.