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Pakistan cricket team starts training for World Cup

3.12K   //    13 Jan 2015, 20:51 IST

Islamabad, Jan 13 (IANS) Pakistan's national cricket team, on Tuesday, started its training camp for next month's World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand.

An official from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said all the players of the 15-man squad have joined the camp in the eastern city of Lahore, reports Xinhua.

According to the schedule, the players would undergo physical training in the morning sessions at the National Cricket Academy and would work on their batting, bowling and fielding skills in the afternoon at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Motivational, anti-doping, anti-corruption and psychological lecturers would also be arranged for the players during the camp.

The official said the board has advised the trainers and coaches to adopt precautionary measures to avoid injuries to the players during training.

The squad, led by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, will feature in the mega event in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.

The team will also hold a short-term training and conditioning camp in Sydney next month after playing two One Day International (ODI) matches against New Zealand on January 31 and February 3.

Before taking on its arch-rivals India in their opening match of the World Cup, on February 15, Pakistan will play two warm-up matches against Bangladesh and England on February 9 and February 12.

Skipper Misbah, who is to retire from limited overs cricket after the World Cup, on Tuesday, said that retirement is not a concern for him or the team, adding his focus is on the World Cup and his dream is to lift the mega trophy at the end of his career.

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