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Preparations of Pakistan team for the ICC World Cup 2019 are at full swing, as players under went fitness test ahead of their departure for UK on April 23.

The Sarfaraz-led unit is all set to face England in five-match One Day International (ODI) series and only T20I before the mega tournament.

The think tank of the Men in Green along with the Head Coach Mickey Arthur are giving final touches to their squad for the tournament.

With reports arriving from National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore stated that the wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored highest, 20 points, in the YoYo test.

The 26-year-old proved his fitness on the first day of the two-day fitness camp and became a strong contender to travel with the team to the UK by backing his two centuries against Australia with his fitness.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir have also passed their fitness test with 18 points each. Fast bowler Hasan Ali and opener Shan Masood bagged 19 points in the test as they are highly likely to travel along with the team on April 23.

Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, middle order batsman Asif Ali, leg-spinner Shadab Khan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, and pacer Usman Shinwari also cleared the test.

On the other hand, the all-rounder Imad Wasim, leg-spinner Yasir Shah, and emerging pacer Mohammad Husnain failed to touch the fitness benchmark of 17.4, which can put their participation in next month’s tournament in jeopardy.

Earlier, the team management made it clear that those players who fail to clear the test will not be selected for the World Cup in England and Wales.

The chairman selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq will announce the squad on April 18 after analysing the fitness level of the players.

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