Pakistan wrap up conditioning camp for Twenty20 World Cup

May 18th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, May 18 (IANS) Pakistan Monday wrapped up its training in the hill resort of Bhurban, Punjab, with coach Intikhab Alam declaring that the players are in top gear ahead of next month’s World Twenty20 Championships in England.
The national team’s players underwent strenuous training sessions in Bhurban for five days and will now assemble in Lahore Tuesday for a best-of-three series of Twenty20 practice matches.

“The players have shown tremendous improvement as far as their mental and physical fitness is concerned,” Intikhab told IANS from Bhurban Monday. “We had a series of comprehensive training sessions to help players become sharper, faster and stronger ahead of the World Twenty20 Championships.”

Pakistan has a hectic training programme for the June 5-21 World Twenty20 Championships. Following the conditioning camp in Bhurban that was supervised by Pakistan’s fitness trainer David Dwyer, the cricketers will play three practice matches from May 20-22 at the Gaddafi Stadium under floodlights.

They will get a two-day rest after which, the players will compete in the National Twenty20 Cup starting in Lahore from May 25. The team will then leave for England May 30 just a day before its first practice match against South Africa June 1.

Pakistan will play old rivals India in the second and last warm-up game at the Oval June 3.

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