PCB ropes in new method to improve players’ fitness

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In a bid to improve to ensure the players are fit, PCB are going to arrange a two-day testing camp. The tests of all the centrally contracted players will be held at the National Cricket Academy on 6, 7 January.

A player failing the test will result in severe repercussions as he will be docked 15% of his monthly remuneration until the time the player passes the fitness test. Failing twice could mean his name being taken out of the list of contracted players.

Apart from Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan will undergo the tests on January 20, 21 due to their commitments in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.

Zakir Khan, PCB – Director, International Cricket, said: “There has always been an emphasis on the monitoring of players’ fitness levels. This time we have decided to enforce penalties, which is in accordance with the contracts, as part of our objective to make the players more accountable and responsible for maintaining high fitness standards throughout the year, which is one of the basic requirements any professional athlete.”

“All the players were informed last month of the PCB’s expectations and potential sanctions in the scenario of failures.

“These fitness tests will not be limited to the centrally contracted players but will trickle down to the six Cricket Association teams. Their tests will be conducted by their respective coaches and trainers as per their own schedules and players failing to pass fitness tests will jeopardize their chances of featuring in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament to be held from March 25 to April 19.”

Strength and conditioning coach of the national team, Yasir Malik will oversee the fitness tests, which will cover five important areas; namely fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, and will carry equal weightage.

Centrally contracted players:

Category A – Babar Azam (Central Punjab), Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh) and Yasir Shah (Balochistan)

Category B – Asad Shafiq (Sindh), Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Haris Sohail (Balochistan), Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab), Shadab Khan (Northern) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Northern)

Category C – Abid Ali (Sindh), Hasan Ali (Central Punjab), Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Imad Wasim (Northern), Mohammad Amir (Northern), Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shan Masood (Southern Punjab), Usman Shinwari (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Wahab Riaz (Southern Punjab)