LAHORE :– Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming World Cup 2019 will be announced on April 18, Pakistan cricket board confirmed the news on Friday. It seems that the fitness test will be an imperative factor in deciding the right bunch of players.
PCB spokesperson said that the team management has decided to select the team from the list of 23 players chosen for the fitness test scheduled for the dates- April 15 and 16 respectively.
The 15-player squad will be chosen from a list of 23 probable players, who will undergo fitness tests and participate in training sessions at the Gaddafi Stadium from April 13 to 17.
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, one of the 23 probable players, will undergo his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy on April 13, while the remaining 22 will undergo fitness tests on April 13. Training sessions will take place on April 16 and 17.
Needless to say, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has been asked to attend the test on April 13.
Pakistan cricket team will depart for England on April 23 for an 83-day long challenging tour. The team will play one T20 practice match, a Twenty20 International, four 50-over warm-up matches and five ODIs before taking part in the 46-day ICC World Cup from May 30.
According to ICC regulations, all participating teams will have to submit their 15-player World Cup squads by April 30 but can also make changes revise it until May 22 without ICC’s approval.
“Apart from the 15 World Cup players, two reserve players will also accompany the team for the bilateral series against England,” the PCB said in a press release here today.
Here is Pakistan cricket team’s 2019 World Cup schedule
April 23 – Departure for England
April 27 – v Kent (50-over practice match)
April 29 – v Northamptonshire (50-over match)
May 01 – v Leicestershire (T20 match – d/n)
May 05 – v England (only T20I), Cardiff
May 08 – 1st ODI v England, The Oval
May 11 – 2nd ODI v England, Hampshire
May 14 – 3rd ODI v England, Bristol
May 17 – 4th ODI v England, Trent Bridge
May 19 – 5th ODI v England, Leeds
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:
May 24 – v Afghanistan (warm-up), Bristol
May 26 – v Bangladesh (warm-up), Cardiff
May 31 – v West Indies, Trent Bridge
June 03 – v England, Trent Bridge
June 07 – v Sri Lanka, Bristol
June 12 – v Australia, Taunton
June 16 – v India, Old Trafford
June 23 – v South Africa, Lord’s
June 26 – v New Zealand, Edgbaston
June 29 – v Afghanistan, Headingley
July 05 – v Bangladesh, Lord’s (d/n)