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Former Pakistan pace bowler Jalaluddin has admitted that he is pleased with the list of 23 probables for the World Cup.
Batsman Umar Akmal, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz and opener Ahmed Shehzad were the high-profile players that didn’t get picked.
The rest of the players will undergo fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on April 15 and 16.
“Overall the selection is good and now the whole responsibility is on the team management, how they plan and design the strategy for the World Cup, and how they utilise the players according to their skills at the world’s biggest event,” Jalaluddin told The News International. “It is the biggest challenge for the team management. They have to make the players super fit. They have to make the players mentally tough.”
With Pakistan touring England for a one-off Twenty20 International and five ODIs between May 5 and 19, Jalaluddin noted that it will give the national team more time to get acclimatised to the conditions prior to the World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.
“They have time to make the team stronger, giving attention to the conditions of England,” he said.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on May 31 in Nottingham.