Yahoo – Singapore – Pakistani cricketers Asad Shafiq (R) and Fakhar Zaman (2L) take part in a practice session during a training camp for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England, at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore

Asad Shafiq made a hundred as several Pakistan batsmen spent valuable time in the middle on Saturday ahead of Test matches against Ireland and England.

Summary

  • Pakistani cricketers Asad Shafiq (R) and Fakhar Zaman (2L) take part in a practice session during a training camp for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England, at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in LahoreAsad Shafiq made a hundred as several Pakistan batsmen spent valuable time in the middle on Saturday ahead of Test matches against Ireland and England.
  • At stumps on the second day of four, Pakistan were 357 for seven in reply to Northamptonshire’s first innings 259 in their warm-up match at Wantage Road.
  • Pakistan provide the opposition when Ireland make their Test debut in a match starting in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday and they then return across the Irish Sea for a two-Test series against England.
  • Two days of their tour opener against Kent were lost to bad weather without a ball bowled but conditions have so far proved kinder in Northampton where Shafiq, dropped twice, made his 20th first-class century and shared with Sohail a third-wicket stand of 136.
  • An increasingly fluent Shafiq slog-swept a second six off Keogh before hitting the same bowler to long-on to complete a 98-ball fifty and he later brought up his hundred, Pakistan’s first of the tour, with a well-controlled sweep shot.


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