The preparatory camp for the Pakistan cricket team ahead of their upcoming Test tour in Australia is scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi from November 22 to 29.
As per the proposed itinerary, the team is set to depart from Islamabad for Australia on November 30.
Test captain Shan Masood, in consultation with Team Director Mohammad Hafeez and Chief Selector Wahab Riaz, has identified potential players for the training camp, with top performers from the Quaid-e-Azam (QeA) Trophy such as Sahibzada Farhan, Saim Ayub, and the leading wicket-taker Khurram Shehzad being among those selected.
Furthermore, the coaching staff for the Pakistani team has been finalised, with Mohammad Hafeez assuming the dual role of head coach and batting coach. Umar Gul will serve as the bowling coach, while coach Abdul Majid has been entrusted once again to enhance fielding skills.
Naveed Akram Cheema will manage the Pakistan team during the tour, and Shahid Aslam will take on the role of assistant coach cum manager. Raza Rashid is appointed as the media manager for the Australia tour.
The formal announcement of the squad and coaching staff is contingent upon approval from Zaka Ashraf, the head of the PCB management committee, who is currently in India. The decision has been made to include seventeen to eighteen players in the squad for the Australia tour.
Australia tour schedule:
Four-day match: PM’s XI vs Pakistan – December 6-9: Manuka Oval, Canberra
1st Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 14-18: Perth Stadium
2nd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 26-30: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
3rd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – January 3-7: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)