Pakistan's Babar Azam and Yasir Shah among players set to undergo fitness test ahead of Zimbabwe tour

Waseem Ahmed 20/06/2018
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Babar Azam had fractured his elbow on the England tour.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be among four players to undergo a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore on June 23 ahead of the side’s tour of Zimbabwe.

The 32-year-old senior leg-spinner missed Pakistan’s tour of Ireland, England and Scotland due to a hip injury with Shadab Khan taking his place in the side.

While doubts still remain over whether the Zimbabwe tour will go ahead due to the ongoing match fees and salary dispute between Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and the country’s board, Pakistan are nevertheless preparing for it in earnest.

Along with Yasir Shah, Babar Azam, Rumman Raees and Imad Wasim will also be undergoing fitness tests.

Yasir Shah is returning from a hip injury.

Yasir Shah is returning from a hip injury.

Head coach Mickey Arthur and the team’s physiotherapist will be supervising the fitness tests of the four players at the NCA. The team is set to depart for Zimbabwe on June 28 where they will take on the hosts in a five-match ODI series which gets underway on July 22.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board will sit down with Arthur and chief national selector Inzamam-ul-Haq soon to decide the 25 players who will be awarded central contracts from July 1.

The board had earlier been awarding contracts to 35 players at a time but has decided to cut short the number for this year in a bid to improve the financial remunerations for the contracted players.

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for one Test after being found guilty of changing the condition of the ball, the International Cricket Council has announced.

The incident happened during day two of the second Test against the West Indies in Gros Islet, a match which finished in a draw on Monday. Chandimal, who has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee and given two suspension points, will now miss the third and final Test against the Windies.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was charged with “changing the condition of the ball”.

The charge come after a ball-tampering row during the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Gros Islet. West Indies were awarded five penalty runs after umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould raised concerns about the condition of the ball during the second day’s play on Friday.

Match referee Javagal Srinath said: “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct.”

Also, Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were charged with “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The three were charge by the ICC for their involvement in the Sri Lanka team’s refusal to take to the field in St Lucia at the start of Saturday’s play, which caused a two-hour delay.

“This action is alleged to amount to a serious breach of the Laws of Cricket and to be contrary to the spirit of the game. If any of the three plead not guilty, then the ICC, as per Article 5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, will appoint a Judicial Commissioner from its Code of Conduct Commission to determine the matter,” the ICC said.

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