Pakistan look to army for fitness boost

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan cricketers are being pushed to new levels of fitness by military instructors ahead of next month's tour of Scotland.

Players have been training under the supervision of the Pakistan military and Cricket Board (PCB) since last week in Abbotabad, a popular summer resort that is also home to a military base.

"The training is being carried out by a team of our own trainers and army instructors to improve the fitness and fielding levels of the players," Zakir Khan, director cricket operations, told Reuters on Saturday.

"The concept is also that training in a secluded summer resort away from the big cities will allow the players to focus on their training."

Pakistan's captain Shoaib Malik said the training was paying off.

"When we had camps in Lahore or Karachi there were too many distractions for the players. In Abbotabad we are all focused on cricket."

Selectors are due to announce the squad for the Scotland tour later on Saturday. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is expected to make his return. One of Pakistan's top pacers, he has played just four one-dayers and one Test in the last 14-months due to injury.


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