KARACHI- New plans designed by the national selection committee to prepare for the 2015 World Cup were revealed in a news conference in Karachi today. Chief selector Moin Khan said unless players raised their fitness standards and worked on mental strength they would not be able to compete internationally and win big matches.
The selectors announced a list of 36 players who will form the nucleus of the squad for events leading up to the World Cup.
Notable omissions were the experienced Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik while openers, Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat and Taufiq Umar were recalled along with fast bowler Mohammad Sami.
"Players now have to meet standard fitness levels. They can be fined and be dropped from the side if they don’t follow the standards," national selector and head coach at the national cricket academy Mohammad Akram said.
The selectors also named the 7 feet tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan who has not played since October due to a fractured hip.
"Irfan is a special bowler and paramount to our chances in the World Cup. We will ensure his 100 percent fitness and availability when the time for the World Cup comes," Moin said.