Mahmood reveals which players didn’t attend Pakistan’s optional training session ahead of New Zealand clash

Azhar Mahmood reveals who attended an optional training session ahead of Pakistan's World Cup clash against New Zealand cricket

Azhar Mahmood: “The bowlers didn’t come either, Amir was there but he didn’t bowl, Babar (Azam) also didn’t come”

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Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has revealed that many of the bowlers and batsman Babar Azam didn’t attend an optional training session ahead of the national team’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Mahmood noted that left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir was there, but didn’t bowl at all, while all-rounder Shoaib Malik didn’t go for the indoor training session.

“Today (Tuesday) was an optional practice, Shoaib Malik came to the ground today but he didn’t go for the indoor practice. He has usually preferred outdoor practice, everyone has their own choices and it’s an optional session,” Mahmood was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “The bowlers didn’t come either, Amir was there but he didn’t bowl, Babar (Azam) also didn’t come.”

Pakistan will have to beat New Zealand, who are currently undefeated, if they want to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.

As for New Zealand, they will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak as they have won five out of their six games, while their match against India was washed out.

Pakistan’s clash against New Zealand will be held at Edgbaston.

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