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No player can play for extended period, says chief selector

No player can play for extended period, says chief selector

Haroon Rasheed, the Pakistan Chief Selector, provided valuable insights into their meticulous squad selection strategy for the imminent Test series against Sri Lanka. In a media interaction brimming with wisdom, Rasheed highlighted the impermanence of peak performance and the need for players to find their rhythm.

Unveiling the fallibility of even esteemed cricketers, he invoked the examples of Azhar Ali and Mohammad Yousuf, who encountered initial challenges before blossoming into their true potential. “Sustaining excellence over an extended period is an arduous task for any player. The likes of Azhar Ali and Mohammad Yousuf confronted initial hurdles before emerging triumphant. Our new talents, such as the promising Mohammad Huraira, need time to settle and step into the shoes of these giants,” Rasheed asserted.

Underlining the importance of nurturing burgeoning talents, the seasoned selector disclosed their plans to integrate Kamran Ghulam into the squad, recognizing the indispensability of providing young players with attention and exposure in preparation for future campaigns. “Our focus on grooming young prodigies is unwavering. We are diligently bolstering our backup resources, and Kamran Ghulam is an integral part of our long-term vision,” he added with conviction.

Confronted with queries about the absence of key players, Rasheed addressed concerns by revealing their comprehensive strategy for the prodigious left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi. Sidestepped by injury, Afridi is set to undertake an extensive workload to regain full fitness. The selectors have also implored the county authorities to arrange a pivotal three-day match for Afridi, recognizing its significance in honing his skills and readiness for the forthcoming World Cup.

In preparation for the Sri Lanka tour, Pakistan will convene in Karachi on July 3 for an intensive training camp before embarking on their journey to the island nation on July 9. The intricacies of the tour itinerary will be unveiled in due course by Sri Lanka Cricket. It is noteworthy that Pakistan and Sri Lanka last engaged in a captivating Test series in July 2022, culminating in a riveting 1-1 draw.

The highly-anticipated Test series will witness the return of the formidable fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi, to Pakistan’s ranks. Joining him are the exciting prospects of uncapped batter Mohammad Huraira and all-rounder Aamir Jamal, adding further depth and dynamism to the 16-member squad. This tour marks Pakistan’s maiden endeavor in the third cycle of the prestigious ICC World Test Championship, fueling aspirations for success and cementing their position among the cricketing elite.

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