Selectors announce probables for performance camp

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Pakistan's national selection committee have named 28 players for the two-day high-performance camp to be held in Karachi from January 12. The camp consists of players who have impressed during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season and will allow selectors to gauge the level of backup they have ahead of a heavy season.

The players chosen include Sohail Khan, the right-arm fast-medium bowler, who, while grabbing 65 wickets in his debut season, broke Fazal Mahmood's record of the best bowling figures in a Pakistani first-class match with figures of 16 for 189 against Water and Power Development Authority. Wahab Riaz, Rauf Akbar and Junaid Zia, the other top wicket-takers of the season have also been invited to the camp.

The camp also features the 17-year-old Umar Akmal, the younger brother of Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran. He has amassed 849 runs in eight matches in his debut season, including scores of 248 and an unbeaten 186. Khurram Manzoor, the only player to cross 1000-run mark this season, Naumanullah and Shoaib Khan, the other notable scorers of the season, will also get a chance to impress the selectors.

The two-day camp precedes two tour matches against the visiting Zimbabwe side before the five-match ODI series.

Camp attendees
Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Afaq Raheem, Shoaib Khan, Usman Tariq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shahdab Kabir, Naumanullah, Asif Zakir, Kamran Hussain, Yasir Shah, Rizwan Ahmed, Salman Ahmed, Zulfiqar Jan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Juniad Zia, Rauf Akbar, Azharullah, Samiullah Niazi, Fahad Masood, Tanvir Ahmed, Azaz Cheema, Mohammad Aslam, Imad Wasim, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin

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