Pakistan squad for Asia Cup to take part in week-long training camp in Lahore

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Pakistan will undergo a training camp at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

The 18-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming Asia Cup will take part in a week-long training camp in Lahore before flying out to the UAE for the tournament.

The national selection committee headed by former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the squad on Thursday after consultations with head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Making a return to the squad are all-rounder Imad Wasim and opening batsman Shan Masood. Wasim last appeared in Pakistan colours in a T20 clash against Sri Lanka in October last year while Masood’s last appearance came in the Test series against the same opponents. Masood is yet to be capped at the limited-overs formats by Pakistan.

The players’ week-long training camp will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 3 before culminating on September 10. The players will undergo fitness tests on the first day of the camp.

Pakistan have been drawn in Group A of the Asia Cup alongside arch-rivals India and a yet to be decided qualifier.

Pakistan and India will lock horns in the group stages at Dubai on September 19 and could meet once again in the tournament should both teams progress to the Super Four as expected.

PAKISTAN SQUAD

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C, wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf

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Pace ace Lasith Malinga returns to Sri Lanka team after one year

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Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga returned to the national team after a gap of one year as Sri Lankan selectors picked him in the 16-member squad for the upcoming Asia Cup tournament in the UAE.

The 35-year-old last featured in ODIs in September last year against India at home. Throughout that series, Malinga looked down on pace and precision.

However, selectors were impressed by his bowling during the ongoing domestic T20 series. He was also among the wickets in the recently concluded Global T20 League in Canada. There, playing for the Montreal Tigers, Malinga was the third-highest wicket taker with 13 scalps from six games.

Malinga has taken 301 ODI wickets since his ODI debut in 2004. In the T20 format, he has taken 90 scalps.

Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhanajaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga

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Petition to bring Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga back into national team gathers momentum

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Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga is 35 and believed to be past his use-by date as an international bowler.

He was overlooked for the T20 against South Africa this month despite being among the wickets in the recently concluded Global T20 League in Canada. There, playing for the Montreal Tigers, was the third-highest wicket taker with 13 scalps from six games.

However, Malinga has not been in the Sri Lankan scheme of things for some time. It has been a year since he played for Sri Lanka. He looked down on pace during the limited overs series against India at home in September last year, in which the hosts got whitewashed.

However there is growing support for his return to the national set-up.

A petition, started by Sri Lankan cricket enthusiast Daniel Alexander – addressed to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister, Sports Minister and the board – has gained some traction with the hashtag ‘BringBackMalinga’ getting support on social media.

As of now the petition has attracted only 200 signatures but the buzz it has created shows the second-most successful bowler in T20 history has quite a few supporters and with many believing Sri Lanka need his experience during the World Cup in England next year, and possibly even in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.

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