Pakistan team Head Coach Mickey Arthur has issued a warning for senior pacer Wahab Riaz and batsman Umar Akmal.

The Head Coach talking to media at National Cricket Academy (NCA) said, “Competition in bowling department is pretty good and impressive. Young players are knocking at the door with their outstanding performance, so the senior players have to perform extraordinarily, as it is the only way that can keep them in safe zone.”

He added, “Wahab is a good player, but we have great youngsters in the team as well, who are also very impressive, so competition is very tough and Wahab really need to work hard and get back his place in the team.”

Commenting on Umar Akmal, who is currently in UK going through training after facing fitness issues, Arthur said, “We are not going to compromise on fitness at any cost and we have set some standards to meet for every player and only those players, who will keep on meeting that set standards, will remain in the team.”

“The benefits of that will result in better running between the wickets, better fielding and better performance. Umar Akmal got seven opportunities, so he should have cemented his place in the team.”

Mickey Arthur hints Sami Aslam’s comeback and says Usman Salahuddin and Haris Sohail could replace Misbah and Younis in the middle order.

“Salman Butt’s case doesn’t fall in my domain. Its a higher-level decision. What I know is he is working hard, a good player,” Mickey Arthur

It is pertinent to mention here that, the head coach is supervising players boot camp at the NCA.


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