Pakistan left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim failed to pass the fitness test on Monday and will give another attempt on Tuesday, according to reports from Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has set a benchmark of 17.4 for the Yo-Yo fitness test and all players have to reach or exceed it in order to be considered for selection. Coach Mickey Arthur has made it clear that no player, no matter how big, will get selected if he fails to pass the test.
On Monday, all 18 members of the Pakistan team attending a camp in Lahore underwent a fitness test. Seventeen passed it while Wasim fell short of the mark by 0.2 points.
17 players of Team Pakistan for Asia Cup 2018 has cleared their fitness test except Imad Wasim, minimum bench mark was 17.4 points.— Ibrahim Badees (@IbrahimBadees) September 3, 2018
Junaid, Hassan and Captain Sarfraz improved significantly.
Imad will undergo test tomorrow again. @TheRealPCB @simadwasim pic.twitter.com/YNMiD4nAz3
Team across the world have different parameters for fitness. Some teams have set higher Yo-Yo benchmarks than others. England and New Zealand are said to have the highest benchmark in cricket – 19 – while Pakistan are not too far behind with a standard of 17.4.
Interestingly, India has the lowest benchmark for Yo-Yo fitness tests at 16.1. And even with a comparatively low bar, many players have failed over the years including players like Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced that no centrally contracted players will be allowed to participate in any T20 leagues held in the UAE.
This decision from the PCB has come on the heels of UAE announcing their own T20 League despite opposition from Pakistan cricket’s governing body.
The announcement also means that contracted Pakistan players will be unable to participate in the Afghanistan T20 League which is also slated to be held in the UAE for its inaugural edition.
“The Governing Council expressed its concerns over a newly-announced T20 league taking place in the UAE. It was decided that the PCB will not allow any contracted players to take part in any T20 league taking place in the UAE other than Pakistan Super League (PSL),” a statement from the PCB said after a meeting held by the PSL governing council.
A meeting of the Pakistan Super League Governing Council comprising representatives of PCB and all #HBLPSL franchises was held here today at the National Cricket Academy.— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) June 12, 2018
While Pakistan players will be unable to play in an T20 leagues held in the UAE, the decision of allowing contracted players to participate in the T10 League has been left to the discretion of head coach Mickey Arthur.
The T10 League was launched in the UAE Last year with PCB chief Najam Sethi throwing his full support behind the endeavor. The likes of Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman had been made available to the 10-over league in the first edition.
The PSL governing council has also decided to increase the salary cap for PSL squads from the next edition onwards. Meanwhile, continued efforts will be made to increase the number of PSL matches which will held back home in Pakistan from the coming edition.
“All franchises expressed full confidence in the PCB’s attempts to bring more PSL matches to Pakistan. It was decided that at least eight matches will be held in Pakistan next year,” a part of the statement stated.
Karachi was the centre of attention in the cricketing world on Sunday as the city played host to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) finals.
Having not hosted an international cricket match since Pakistan’s ill-fated Test against Sri Lanka in 2009, Karachi was lit up to welcome the return of world-class cricket.
Even hours before the start of play, fans could be seen queuing outside the stadium as droves of thousands turned up to see their favourite stars in action.
A celebratory atmosphere enveloped the stadium as Karachi fans quenched their thirst for international cricket.
The PSL finals was trending worldwide on Twitter as fans shared their reactions to see cricket return to the city. Former Pakistan all-rounder and fan favourite Shahid Afridi was one of the first to chime in with his thanks for everyone involved in making the finals a success.
Heartiest congratulations2 @IsbUnited for lifting the🏆Remarkable efforts by @najamsethi , Pak army,Government police&Rangers 4 making this possible&providing such an extreme entertainment for the people of Pakistan which they deserved. Highly appreciated #PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 25, 2018
Legendary Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar congratulated Islamabad for winning their second title, terming the finals as a win for Pakistan cricket.
Congratulations @IsbUnited .You guys played like true champs.Better luck next time @PeshawarZalmi.
This was a win for all the #Pakistan,thanks to all the international cricketers for coming to Pakistan and @TheRealPCB for bringing cricket home.#Psl #shoaibakhtar #PCB
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) March 25, 2018
His sentiments were echoed by many on social media with Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanveer, Junaid Khan and Tymal Mills trumpeting the same thought.
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) March 25, 2018
— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) March 25, 2018
Congratulations to @IsbUnited – best team throughout the tournament and deserved winners but more importantly congrats to Pakistan and the @thePSLt20 – real winners from all of this. Great Tournament! 👏🏾
— Tymal Mills (@tmills15) March 25, 2018
Islamabad United’s hero Luke Ronchi also congratulated his team-mates for their efforts as he praised the tournament.
— Luke Ronchi (@ronchi04) March 26, 2018
Even British boxer Amir Khan did not miss out on congratulating the victors on the night.
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) March 25, 2018
Elsewhere, Pakistan cricket fans shared their delight in seeing cricket return to Karachi. The theme throughout social media was loud and clear – that Pakistan had been the real winner of the night.
— Zainab (@Zainab_ZZJ) March 25, 2018
The true happiness is not seeing Islamabad win, it’s seeing the teams united, the cities united! The whole country is the winner. PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 #PSL2018
— $am 🐻 (@UsamaAdil) March 25, 2018
— Rida Hussain (@AraySunno) March 25, 2018