LAHORE - Former Pakistan captain M Yousuf and discarded wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal have been directed to appear for fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy today (Tuesday) to monitor their fitness required for playing international cricket, it is reliably learnt on Monday.

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confided to this scribe that Pakistan team’s head coach Dav Whatmore after consulting the chief selector Iqbal Qasim, has decided to put Yousuf and Kamran Akmal through fitness tests.  "Yousuf has been practicing at the national academy for the last one week and Whatmore wants to know whether the 37-year-old batsman is still fit enough to play at the top level," a source said.

Besides Yousuf, the coach has called discarded stumper-batsman Kamran Akmal for the fitness test in which Umar Akmal, M Hafeez, Aizaz Cheema and M Irfan and Sohail Tanvir have also been asked to appear. "Whatmore and fielding coach Julian Fountain recently conducted fitness tests of all the players and those who could not attend the first session have been asked to appear today (Tuesday)," the source said.

Yousuf has not played for Pakistan since 2010 despite being one of the country's top batsmen in Tests and one-day internationals. He has scored 7530 runs in 90 Tests and 9720 runs in 288 one-dayers with a total of 39 international centuries.

Last week, Yousuf had said he's still confident of serving the country for a few more years. "I am ready to play for Pakistan anytime whenever the selectors want me because there is no doubt whatever I am today is because of Pakistan," he had said.  Another source said that Whatmore was of the view that some of the senior players, who were discarded by the selectors in recent times, could still serve Pakistan cricket if their fitness level was up to the required mark for international cricket. "We have to wait and see because there are number of players who fit into all three formats of the game."