Pakistan Cricket Team to Train with Army for 10 Days

Pakistan’s cricket team is on schedule to train with the country’s military ahead of a packed cricket schedule this year. Current Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Mohsin Naqvi looks set to oversee cricket administration in Pakistan with an iron fist.

The media tycoon turned politician has mandated all players in the Pakistan senior team to undertake a rigorous training with the country’s military.

The compulsory training aligns with Pakistan’s goals ahead of a busy calendar year that includes the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup 2024 and at least four T20I series home and abroad.

Let’s explore several elements of this new training regime and why the PCB chair believes it will benefit the players and Pakistan cricket.

Why Did Mohsin Naqvi Sign Off on a Compulsory 10-Day Training for Pakistani Cricketers?

Unimpressive six-hitting

Naqvi was left unimpressed with the Pakistani cricketers’ performances across recent matches, singling out their poor six-hitting skills. He also pointed out the players lack of fitness and strength ahead of a challenging period for Pakistan cricket:

When I was watching the matches in Lahore, I don’t think a single one of you hit a six that went into the stands. Whenever a six like that was hit, I used to think a foreign player must have hit that. I have asked the board to make a plan that gets every player’s fitness up to speed. You’ll have to make a proper effort for that,”

Packed calendar

Pakistan cricketers are set to host and tour multiple cricket series this year apart from the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Naqvi suggests that the short training windows between these clutch encounters will not make much of a difference after rigorous military training:

We have New Zealand coming up, then Ireland, England and the T20 World Cup. I wondered, ‘When will we train?’ but there was no time. However, we’ve found a window, where we’ve organised a camp in Kakul (military training facility) from March 25 to April 8. The Pakistan Army will be involved in your training, and hopefully, they’ll help you out,”.

Improved commitments

PCB officials recently revoked the central contract of key player Haris Rauf ahead of their encounters throughout the first half of 2024. The PCB chair doubled down on this harder stance by calling for more commitments to Pakistan’s national team over other interests outside international cricket:

I will support you 100 per cent, but I’ll just ask you to make Pakistan your first priority, and T20 leagues your second priority. It’s unfortunate when money becomes first priority and the country second. If you do that, then we might have a problem. We can even look at central contracts and bolster them further if you desire, but you must be available for Pakistan first and foremost,”

Is It New for Pakistan’s Cricket Team to Train with Their Military?

The Falcons training under Pakistan’s military is not new, as previous teams have signed up for such exercises before. A recent Pakistan cricket training with military officers took place under Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy. The Men’s senior national team at that time prepared at the Kakul military academy ahead of a Test series encounter vs. England.

Pakistan T20 World Cup 2024 Full Squad

  • Openers – Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (W-K)
  • Middle-Order – Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmad, Aamer Jamal, Saim Ayub
  • Wicket-Keepers – Mohammad Rizwan & Mohammad Haris
  • All-Rounders – Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf
  • Spinners – Usama Mir
  • Pacers – Shaheen Afridi (C), Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr.

Pakistan T20 World Cup 2024 Group Stage Schedule

DateMatch DetailsVenue
Jun 06, 2024United States vs Pakistan, 11th Match, Group AGrand Prairie Stadium, Dallas
Jun 09, 2024India vs Pakistan, 19th Match, Group ANassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
Jun 11, 2024Pakistan vs Canada, 22nd Match, Group ANassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
Jun 16, 2024Pakistan vs Ireland, 36th Match, Group ACentral Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

Pakistan Cricket Team Full Schedule 2024

Scheduled DateTour SeriesSeries DetailsVenue
February – March, 2024West Indies Tour Pakistan 2024Two Tests, Three T20IsPakistan
May-2024Pakistan Tour Netherlands 2024Three T20IsNetherlands
May-2024Pakistan Tour Ireland 2024Three T20IsIreland
May-2024Pakistan Tour England 2024Four T20Is England
Jun-2024ICC Twenty20 (T20) World Cup 2024 West Indies and USA
 August – September, 2024Bangladesh Tour Pakistan 2024Two Tests Pakistan
Oct-2024England Tour Pakistan 2024Three TestsPakistan
Nov-2024Pakistan Tour Australia 2024Three ODI, Three T20IsAustralia
November – December, 2024Pakistan Tour Zimbabwe 2024Three ODI, Three T20IsZimbabwe
December 2024 – January, 2025Pakistan Tour South Africa 2024/25Two Tests, Three ODI, T20IsSouth Africa

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