Misbah-ul-Haq has been put in charge of supervising a strenuous training camp for Pakistan's top cricketers due to commence on August 19 at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
The 17-day conditioning programme, which runs from August 22 to September 7 following two days of fitness testing, has been organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to get the players in shape ahead of a hectic cricket season.
In the absence of a head coach for the national side, Misbah will be accompanied by NCA's coaching staff in monitoring the progress of the participants and guiding them.
The pre-season camp is being held to prepare for the demanding domestic and international cricket commitments with the premier first-class competition in the country, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, scheduled to start on September 12.
A total of 20 players have been invited to join the camp out of which 14 are centrally contracted while the rest of the cricketers have also represented Pakistan on the international arena.
They are expected to indulge in fielding drills and net sessions including other cricket activities.
Misbah's appointment as "camp commandant" is unsurprising considering the former Test skipper's high levels of fitness even in the twilight of his career.
The 45-year-old, who is currently a member of PCB's influential Cricket Committee, was at the forefront of his side's military-style arduous training camp in 2016 ahead of the England Test series signifying his devotion to physical agility.
“Misbah ul Haq, who has been Pakistan’s most successful captain, understands the arduous demands of the format in this day and age. With the advent of the World Test Championship, the PCB wants Pakistan to turn up with their best red ball game when they face Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series at home," said PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan.
Azhar Ali will be part of the camp immediately after finishing his contract with English county Somerset.
However, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir - all of whom are busy with their contracts with English counties - are the five centrally contracted players who have been exempted from the training camp.
They will, nevertheless, be required to rejoin their domestic sides once the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy begins.
“As five players are already playing active cricket in England and Wales, we have given exemptions to them but they have been advised to return to Pakistan in time to be available for the first round matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy," Khan said.
Centrally contracted players: Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah
Non-Contracted players: Asif Ali, Bilal Asif, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali and Zafar Gohar