Sharjeel, selected for the four games in South Africa and three more in Zimbabwe on the Pakistani T20 squad, has also been told he will not play in Lahore until the team leaves for Johannesburg on March 28.
“Sharjeel has been given a personal trainer and punch coach, Younis Khan himself. The fitness freak has been blamed for all of his training to improve the fitness of the opener ahead of the T20 series in South Africa,” a source aware of the developments said on Monday (March 22nd).
Sharjeel’s selection, having performed well in the last few games of the Pakistan Super League 6, has been questioned by some former players and critics who believe that his fitness is not up to the level required to play international cricket .
Sharjeel, who imposed a two-and-a-half year spot fixing ban before resuming his career last year, was seen doing laps and hard at his fitness at Gaddafi Stadium on Monday (March 22) under the supervision of Younis and the coach worked. .
However, a former test batsman close to the national selection committee expressed concern about the deadline set for Sharjeel.
“I heard he was told to lose at least 10 kilograms by the deadline, if that’s the case. Little do you know that losing weight affects his eyelashes as well, as hitting also takes a lot of stamina, stamina and muscle strength,” said the player.
He felt that instead of setting deadlines, team management should work slowly to improve Sharjeel’s fitness so that he doesn’t lose strength, stamina, etc.
Head voter Muhammad Wasim recently made it clear that Sharjeel was selected following a call from captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah ul Haq, who felt himself to be a T20-sized hitter and could improve his fitness if he stayed with the squad.
During his last virtual press conference, Babar confirmed what Wasim had said, adding that while Sharjeel was a bit on the sane side, he would not be held liable on the field.
Many see Sharjeel as an important factor as Pakistan prepares for the T20 World Cup in India in October.
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