Tuesday, January 03, 2023
Rauf, who got injured during Pakistan’s first Test against England in Rawalpindi last month, was included in the list of probable players for the series but was also asked to appear for a fitness test to determine his availability for the series.
For his fitness test, the fast bowler arrived at the National Bank cricket Arena in Karachi on day two of the second Test match between the Green Shirts and the Kiwis.
Pakistan cricket team’s physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon and trainer Drikus Saaiman supervised Rauf’s fitness test during lunch and tea breaks, also observing him during a running test for two kilometres.
The 29-year-old bowler delivered five overs during the lunch break and three more during the tea break.
Sources said that more endurance tests of the pacer will be conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board's medical panel before a decision is taken on his fitness test for the three-match Test series.