PCB shift high-performance camp from Multan to Karachi

Pakistan training. © ICC

After spending the first week of their high performance camp training at the Inzamam-ul Haq performance centre in Multan, the Pakistan Cricket Board have decided to shift the women’s team to the Hanif Mohammad Stadium in Karachi. The training camp the began on May 29, will now re-start in Karachi on Wednesday (June 9), ANI reported.

At the time the camp began, the facilities at the Hanif Mohammad Stadium were undergoing maintenance work which meant players could not train there. However, head coach David Hemp said the stint in Multan has proved very useful with the players and staff getting to spend quality time together.

“We had a very good outing in Multan in terms of the players and staff coming together and understanding training plans. We were given some excellent facilities and accommodation which greatly helped in the last one week.”

“The idea was always to move to Karachi once the pitches and grounds were ready for us at the Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre. The conditions in Karachi are always good for cricket, we will get some game time too, which will be hugely beneficial for the girls besides the opportunity of working on their skills.”

Like Multan, the camp will continue to be held in a bio-secure environment, with the team based in a local hotel during their stay. The 26-member contingent will spend the next 18 days focusing on their fitness in preparation for what they hope will be a busy international season.

Pakistan are scheduled to play England in a historic series at home in October, before the ODI World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka in December. The PCB are also in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket to play a bi-lateral series in the near future.

“We have some important assignments coming up, hence we want to have the girls fully prepared for the challenges with their fitness levels at their best. A lot of skill work was done in the earlier camp as well as in Multan and we will proceed with the same plan in Karachi,” Hemp said.