KARACHI - Under normal circumstances, it would have been seen as an ordinary tour. After all, a series against Bangladesh even if it is an away one is hardly rated as a tough challenge for Pakistan’s cricket team.

But these are not ordinary circumstances. Pakistan are still reeling from a below-par showing in the World Cup last month and are now looking to rebuild their team following the ODI retirement of veterans Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi. They have appointed a new ODI captain — Azhar Ali — besides adding a number of new faces to their touring party.

And in any case, Bangladesh are hardly pushovers, something that they proved by reaching the quarter-finals at World Cup 2015 that was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

At home, they have become tough to beat in recent times especially in the sorter formats of the game.

That’s precisely the reason why Pakistan coach Waqar Younis is getting ready to really put his players’ form and fitness to the test during a short training camp that will begin in Lahore from Tuesday (tomorrow).

The national team’s players will be made to go through a series of demanding physical training sessions during the training camp that will continue till the squad’s departure from Dhaka on April 13. Pakistan will play one-off Twenty20 International, three One-day Internationals and two Tests during their tour of Bangladesh.