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Pakistan batsman Abid Ali has revealed that he is working on improving his fitness and batting ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka in October.
Abid, who has yet to make his Test debut, is looking to be picked for the series after he was removed from Pakistan’s World Cup squad just days before the start of the event.
Abid was included in the initial World Cup squad Pakistan announced, but was eventually dropped with left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf to make way for batsman Asif Ali and left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
Despite being disappointed, Abid now has his sights set on being picked in Pakistan’s squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka.
“The World Cup is a thing of the past now,” he was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “I am fully focused [on] the next series against Sri Lanka. I am currently trying to improve my fitness along with my batting.
“Selection is not under my control. If given a chance, I will try to meet expectations and perform well.”
The two-Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be part of the inaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship and could potentially be held in Karachi and Lahore.