KARACHI: The selection committee has invited 12 fast-bowlers to appear in a training camp to be supervised by coach Dav Whatmore at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
Mohammad Sami, who last played for Pakistan in 2010, has been called for the camp following a good all-round show this domestic season. Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who has been overlooked since the winless tour of Australia in 2009-10, has also been asked to attend the camp. Anwar Ali, Pakistan under-19’s hero, is also part of the list as he awaits a Test and One-Day International debut.
Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, who missed Pakistan’s Asia Cup campaign due to injury, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Khalil, Bilawal Bhatti , Mohammad Talha, Tabish Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Rahat Ali and Imran Khan are the other bowlers who will be present in the camp.
“The selection committee has recommended these names for the training camp,” chief selector Iqbal Qasim told The Express Tribune. “The purpose of holding the camp is to show their skills to Whatmore. It will help him assess our backup strength. These are the bowlers who we believe have the potential to make the cut in the future. Those who have already played for Pakistan are selected on the basis of their domestic performance.”
Sami hopes to impress
Meanwhile, Sami, who shone on his return to the side in the Test series against Australia, said he was enjoying the form he was in and confident ahead of the camp.
“It’s a huge opportunity for me,” said Sami. “I am working hard and hopefully I’ll show my form in the camp.”
However, it remains to be seen whether Sami and Tabish will be able to appear in the opening stages of the camp as they are scheduled to take part in the Patrons Trophy Grade II final for Port Qasim Authority from April 29.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2012.