Pak pacer Asif gearing up for CT challenge

“I will continue to train at the camp here till August 29 and then at the conditioning camp for the national team before leaving for South Africa. I am confident that I will touch my peak fitness by the time the tournament starts. I am satisfied with my bowling and generating pace with sideways movement of the ball,” Asif said.

“The training by Rashid is hard and there is no let-up. This schedule is very beneficial for someone like me who is getting back into the game after a year. It is a new beginning for me and my career. I am ready to take on the new opportunities offered to me,” said Asif, who has played 11 Tests and 31 one-day internationals so far.

“I enjoyed bowling in South Africa on the Test tour in 2007 and again in the T20 World Cup,” he added.

Asif cleared a tough fitness test to more or less secure his place in 15-member squad. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who supervised the rehabilitation of Asif in the emerging players camp, confirmed that the fast bowler had cleared the ‘Bleep’ test, a multi-stage fitness test. “The Bleep test is the toughest fitness test and Asif secured points which were more than the minimum required by any player to clear it,” Latif said.

Asif, 26, has been training at the emerging players camp since last week on the instructions of the national selectors, who wanted have a fair idea about his match fitness before picking the Champions Trophy squad.

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