PCB let Razzaq skip national camp for Hampshire

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed Abdul Razzaq to skip the preparatory camp for the Asia Cup and play for Hampshire in the English domestic Twenty20 championship, according to sources.

Razzaq had sought permission from the PCB to play for the county side from June 1 to 13.

The PCB is expected to announce the squads for the Asia Cup and the full tour of England on June 2 after which a national conditioning camp of the selected players would be held in Karachi from June 3 to 12.

“Razzaq is due to play five matches for Hampshire and his agent is also trying to arrange a short term contract for him to play some one-day and four-day games before the tests start in England in July,” one source said.

Other players who are expected to miss the Karachi camp due to English championship are Younus Khan, Yasir Arafat and Danish Kaneria.

Meanwhile, pace bowler Umar Gul is set to miss Asia Cup as he has not recovered from his shoulder injury which had also ruled him out of the T20 World Cup in the West Indies.

Gul, however, is likely to attend the training camp to start his rehabilitation process and resume bowling under the supervision of the team coaches and trainer.

The doctors have advised him not to rush his comeback even though his shoulder injury has healed significantly.

“The selectors and the team management have also advised me not to take a risk with the shoulder for the Asia Cup and to just focus on regaining full fitness and form for the tour of England,” Gul said.



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