Following a heavy seven-wicket defeat against India in Ahmedabad on Saturday, Babar Azam and his men arrived in the city the following day.
The former champions suffered a jolt with a few players down with fever on arrival, which resulted in the cancellation of practice on Monday. Barring a team dinner at a poolside restaurant in a premium city hotel, the players spent the last couple of days mostly in their hotel rooms.
Among those who caught the bug, speedster Shaheen Afridi and Usama Mir have recovered while opener Abdullah Shafique is said to be on the mend.
“Some players got fever in the past few days and most of them have fully recovered. Those who are recovering remain under the team medical panel’s observation,” stated the Pakistan team media manager.
Initially, on Tuesday, Pakistan’s training schedule under lights was called off before the team opted for an optional session with 12 players in attendance.
Among those who decided to rest on the day were Shafique, Shaheen, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Haris Rauf and Fakhar Zaman.
“Not all of them are unwell, some of them decided to rest since it was an optional training session,” clarified the media manager.
With two victories from three matches, the Pakistanis will look to bounce back against Australia, who registered their first win on Monday.
Making a statement of intent during training was skipper Babar. The top-order batter, who scored a fighting 50 against India, lit up the stadium with some big hits against spinners. With the spin challenge coming from players like Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell, most of the other batters opted to play spinners for a long period.