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Asif clears fitness test, likely to be picked in Pak CT squad
PTI
Karachi, August 20, 2009
First Published: 21:16 IST(20/8/2009)
Last Updated: 21:21 IST(20/8/2009)

Controversial pacer Mohammad Asif on Thursday cleared a tough fitness test to more or less secure his place in Pakistan's 15-member Champions Trophy squad.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who supervised the rehabilitation of Asif in the emerging players camp in Karachi, confirmed that the fast bowler had cleared the 'Bleep' test, a multi-stage fitness test.

"The Bleep test is the toughest fitness test and Asif secured points which were more than the minimum required by any player to clear it," Latif said.

Asif, 26, has been training at the emerging players camp since last week on the instructions of the national selectors, who wanted have a fair idea about his match fitness before picking the Champions Trophy squad.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim-led Pakistan selection panel will meet on Friday to announce the Champions Trophy squad after holding preliminary discussions with national team coach Intikhab Alam in Lahore on Thursday.

All the indications are there that the selectors will take pick Asif, who has not played any competitive cricket since July last year due to disciplinary and doping issues.

Meanwhile, a relatively fit and leaner Asif said he had benefited immensely from the training camp.

The selectors will take a final call on Asif after reviewing the Lati's report on the latest fitness position of the right-arm pacer.


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