Pak selector says no compromise on player's fitness

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Lahore, Oct 20 (UNI) In a bid to revive the cricketing affairs in the country, newly appointed Chief Selector Saleem Jaffer asserted that no liniency will be shown to players, who have poor fitness records, during his tenure.

''We have decided that there will be no compromise on fitness,'' he said.

''The Chairman had invited the selection committee for a briefing ahead of the Hong Kong Sixes and the Abu Dhabi series which are scheduled for next month. Actually, this is a short term selection committee with these two assignments at hand,'' Jaffer said after a preliminary meeting held here with the two new selectors Ijaz Ahmed and Shoaib Mohhammad.

Earlier to this meeting, Jaffer met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt along with captain Shoaib Malik.

He said, ''We had a positive meeting with the captain and the Chairman in which he encouraged us all and told us that he had faith in our abilities and that he will support all decisions of the independent selection committee.'' The Chief selector further added that the selectors would watch the first two matches of the Pentangular tournament which is to be held from October 25 to assess the fitness of some of the players before naming the squad for Abu Dhabi.

''By the October 26 or 27 we will give a list of 20-25 probable players to the Board, which will be further reduced to 15 after consultations with the captain,'' he stated.

The strife-torn nation will play three One-day Internationals against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi from November 12 to 16.

However, the West Indies Cricket Board is also considering a request to play two Test matches at the same venue.

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