KARACHI:The Pakistan team management has decided against a training camp ahead of the ‘home’ series against Australia in the UAE owing to the cricketers’ participation in the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) from August 10.
Team manager Naveed Akram Cheema, while confirming the plans, said that a brief conditioning camp might be established just to assemble the available players before Eid.
The SLPL has signed 13 Pakistan players and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gave its approval as part of the deal with the Sri Lanka board which will, in return, send its cricketers for the planned Pakistan Premier League. Over half a dozen players expected to be the part of Pakistan’s squads against Australia will be busy in the league until the UAE tour that comprises three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and as many Twenty20s from August 28 to September 10.
Pakistan have already announced its squad for the Twenty20 series while the selectors are expected to name the ODI squad early next month. Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Misbahul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Umer Gul are among the players who will feature in the league in Sri Lanka.