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Pakistan cricket teamís fitness camp is underway at the Kakul military academy, Abbottabad.

Batsman Fawad Alam and opener Shaan Masood are said to be the fittest players in the training camp, kept in preparation for the England tour underway Talking to media, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said that Fawad and Shaan have topped the fitness tests and are the fittest players among others. Despite age test, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and batsman Younis Khan are also among the toppers in the fitness tests. As many as 31 players are attending the camp and mostly a dozen of them have been unable to meet the criteria of the fitness tests and have been unsuccessful to pass it. The selectors and the board are very curious about the fitness tests and top priority will be given to those players who will be totally in shape. The national team will be sent to England in mid June for a two weeks training camp at the rose bowl cricket ground in Hampshire. Pakistan will play its first practice match against Somerset on July 3 while the second on July 8 against Sussex. The series against the English team will begin with the first test on July 14. Pakistan will play four tests, five Odis and a twenty20 in its tour to England.

 

Great Britain's Andy Murray and defending champion Stan Wawrinka start their French open campaigns today against a pair of fiery Czechs on a day when Roland Garros plays catch-up after a rain-soaked Sunday.

Second seed Murray, a three-time semi-finalist in Paris, takes on 37-year-old Radek Stepanek, the oldest man in the draw. Murray, buoyed by beating world number one Novak Djokovic to the Rome masters title on clay on the eve of Roland Garros, holds a 6-2 career record over Stepanek. But the wily Czech is a former world number eight who is a grand slam doubles and davis cup champion. Despite his advancing years, Stepanek came through the qualifying competition and that's a factor which makes Murray wary of the challenge. Wawrinka, who shattered Djokovic's latest attempt to complete the career grand slam with victory in last year's final, takes on another Czech, Lukas Rosol. Wawrinka defeated Rosol as recently as last Friday in the semi-finals in Geneva on his way to the title. Roland Garros Organisers will attempt to squeeze 54 singles matches into Monday's programme after heavy rain on Sunday allowed just 10 ties to be completed. However, more bad weather is expected with torrential rain and temperatures hovering again around the 15-degree mark. There should be time for Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori to complete his match with Italy's Simone Bolelli. Nishikori was leading 6-1, 7-5, 2-1 when play was halted on court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday. Victory would give the 26-year-old Japanese his 50th grand slam win. Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland starts against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski. Radwanska was a quarter-finalist in 2013 but lost in the first round to Germany's Annika beck last year. Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion, resumes against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-1, 3-1. Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza starts against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova with a 4-0 career advantage. But Schmiedlova, the world number 37, made the third round in 2014, defeating Venus Williams on the way. Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 champion, takes on France's Oceane Dodin.

 
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