by: Atika Mehboob TN Sport Pakistan:
Pakistan conducted an optional training session on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in preparation for their upcoming World Cup match against England on Saturday.
Fifteen players from the Pakistan squad and reserves participated in the session, while three players chose to skip the optional practice. The players who opted for rest were Abrar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, and Mohammad Nawaz.
Imam had experienced discomfort in his neck and had skipped the training session before Pakistan’s crucial match against New Zealand on November 4 in Bengaluru. Following a negative MRI report, fast bowler Haris Rauf rejoined the team for the bowling session. Rauf had left the field during the Pakistan versus New Zealand match due to a suspected rib sprain. Subsequently, he underwent examinations at a local Kolkata hospital after experiencing discomfort in his ribs.
In a positive development, Shadab Khan, who had suffered a concussion during the South Africa match, bowled for the first time in the practice nets.