Mohammad Irfan invited to training camp

Mohammad Irfan's fitness was a big concern for selectors. -Photo by AFP

Mohammad Irfan’s fitness was a big concern for selectors. -Photo by AFP

DAWN, LAHORE, 30th SEPTEMBER 2013: The world’s tallest fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been called to the training camp after being recommended by national bowling coach Mohammad Akram. The camp starts here on Monday.

A strong squad for the two-Test series against South Africa scheduled to be held from Oct 14 at the neutral venues of the UAE will be selected at the end of the camp.

Irfan will also play the three-day practice match which will be organised during the camp from Oct 2 to 4 here to prove his form and fitness for the Test series against Proteas.

Talking to reporters here on Saturday, Akram said he had recommended Irfan to selectors having examined his form and fitness, adding that he thought the fast bowler was fit for Test cricket.

It is instructive to note that the selectors didn’t pick the lanky pacer for the South Africa Test series, considering him only appropriate for the limited-overs game.

Nonetheless, bowling coach Akram showing confidence in Irfan’s abilities recommended him to selectors, saying he had faith in the Test bowler’s skills. However, Irfan would have to prove his worth before the selectors, Akram added.

“Irfan has the talent to get two or three quick wickets with his pace and swing and that could damage the batting line of opponents to a large extent,” Akram commented.

To a question about Mohammad Hafeez whose selection in the probables’ list for the South Africa Test series was slammed by critics owing to his poor form in longer version of the game, the former Test bowler reckoned it was time to show confidence in the opener.

He also advised Hafeez to take current situation as a challenge in order to get out of the bad patch.

He further said the national training camp was set up to observe form and fitness of players before selecting a formidable squad against Proteas.

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