Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has cleared the fitness test on Monday, making him a top contender for a spot in the World Cup squad. The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that it conducted fitness tests of the 23 World Cup probables but didn’t reveal the results.
Hafeez, who has had two surgeries in Manchester on his injured thumb and will only be back fully in action in two weeks time by passing the fitness test, laid a strong claim to be in the World Cup squad.
The national selectors didn’t bother to call up either of the two batsmen, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad nor left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz for the tests despite their impressive performances in the just concluded Pakistan Cup national one-day tournament in Rawalpindi.
The selection committee headed by former test captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, was left satisfied on Monday when another left arm pacer Muhammad Aamir cleared the fitness test even though there is a debate raging on whether he should be in the World Cup squad after taking just five wickets in his 14 ODIs since the 2017 Champions Trophy.