Pak training camp for Champions Trophy begins with focus on fielding

Karachi, May 4 (ANI): The training camp set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at Abbottabad to prepare the team for the ICC Champions Trophy, along with the upcoming tours of Scotland and Ireland, had begun on Friday with fielding as the main focus, as it has been Pakistan's Achilles heel for a long time.

The camp, held at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, which is over 4,000 feet above sea-level, saw the team members, with the exception of Junaid Khan and along with five aspiring young bowlers, beginning preparations within hours of their arrival, the Express Tribune reports.

According to the report, the players underwent an energetic opening session that was confined to fielding.

However, Pakistan's head coach Dav Whatmore said that all aspects of the game will be worked on during the camp, along with fielding, adding that they are keen to extract the best from this camp in the next six days.

Impressed with the venue, Whatmore, who is supervising a camp for the first time in Abbottabad, said that the high altitude is an added bonus for the team as they will get more oxygen when they get back to sea-level.

Responding to criticism from former cricketers after the devastating South Africa tour, Whatmore said that he was giving the best possible training to the players, adding that although he can guide them before any match as the best he can, he cannot be with them at the field, helping them to play. (ANI)

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