Fitness concerns continue to loom over Test specialist Azhar Ali and Yasir Shah


LAHORE Sept 22 (TNS): Pakistan Cricket team’s Chief Selector Inzamam-ul Haq will announce a 16-member national squad for Test series against Sri Lanka tomorrow (Saturday).

Fitness concerns continue to looms over Test specialist Azhar Ali and Yasir Shah ahead of the series, which is scheduled to start from September 28 in UAE.

The leg-spinner [Yasir] struggled to impress team management and coaches at the camp at the Gaddafi Stadium, and is due to undergo a fitness test soon.

Talking to media Inzamam said, “Yasir is an important bowler, that’s why we are waiting for his fitness test.”

Commenting on Azhar, he said the batsman’s fitness has improved. It remains to be seen if the selectors decide to rest him to allow for his complete recovery.

Inzamam also said five fast bowlers will be selected in the squad.

The Expected squad: Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.