Pakistan complains about lack of rest days

Updated: Jul 04, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

Karachi: The Pakistan cricket team has raised complaints about lack of proper rest days between matches since landing in England late last month.

Pakistan is scheduled to be in England till September 27 during which they will play two T20 and two Tests against Australia and then a further two T20 internationals, four Tests and five ODIs against England before returning home.

According to sources, the players have drawn the attention of the manager Yawar Saeed and coach Waqar Younis to the fact that they are not getting enough rest days on the tour to England to recover from matches.

Since the Pakistan squad reached England on June 26 they have constantly been playing side matches and will play the two T20 internationals against Australia tomorrow and on Tuesday before the first Test starts at Lord`s from July 13.

The Pakistani players reached England after playing in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka where they didn`t make the final.

Incidentally, the Pakistan team has been on the road since last year when they went to Sri Lanka for a Test tour and then played in the Champions Trophy in South Africa after which they featured in a ODI series in the UAE and directly went to New Zealand and Australia for full Test series.

Meanwhile, captain Shahid Afridi have recovered completely from a side strain and will play the two T20 matches against Australia.

Afridi had sustained the side strain during the three day match against Kent and scans showed he had a slight muscular tear and was advised two days rest.

After missing the T20 against Essex, he turned out against Northamptonshire on Saturday and is now ready for the T20 matches as well.

PTI

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