LAHORE: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah put to rest fitness concerns after he nailed the first phase of fitness tests on Saturday, enhancing his chances for selection in Pakistan squad for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
The Pakistan squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka will be announced shortly.
Injury concerns, however, continued to loom over Test opener Azhar Ali, who is struggling with knee trouble and only participated in light exercises with the team at the training camp at Gaddafi Stadium earlier this week.
Yasir Shah had struggled to impress team management and coaches at the training camp, who had decided to put him through another phase of fitness tests.
“Yasir Shah is an important bowler, that’s why we are waiting for his fitness test,” Inzamam had said on Friday.
About Azhar, the chief selector had said the batsman’s fitness has improved. It remains to be seen if the selectors decide to rest him to allow for his complete recovery.
Inzamam had also said five fast bowlers will be selected in the squad.
The Pakistan Cricket Board earlier this month finalised the 16-member squad for the Sri Lanka series, which includes young pacer Mir Hamza but omits spinner Shadab Khan and experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
The squad consists of: Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.