Under lockdown, Pakistani players will undergo a fitness test
KARACHI: Pakistani players are unlikely to appear in future domestic or international assignments, but that does not mean that state cricket players are allowed to just relax at home.
In an effort to keep them in top physical condition, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that it will make more than 200 players undergo severe fitness tests later this month.
The whole country is more or less locked out because of the coronavirus pandemic, but cricket, which is under contract with the Council, has been given a clear message that the PCB wants them to stay in shape.
The board will carry out fitness tests for players, including elite international cricket, on April 20 and 21 through video links. All cricket activities in this country have been postponed since March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The contracted players will undergo fitness tests on March 23 and 24, but they are also canceled. The assessment will now be carried out in a modified form, with tests designed keeping in mind the player’s movement restrictions with all the reasons and PCB facilities closed.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s head coach and voter, and coach Yasir Malik sent a message earlier this week to remind players of their fitness obligations. “To maintain your fitness level, you need to be disciplined and continue to work hard,” the message reads, in Urdu. “With all the limitations and lack of resources at this time, we have completed this new fitness battery with everyone being given the same opportunity. We have to make sure we give one hundred percent of us. You have been informed long before it’s time to make sure you are mentally and physically prepared for it. All tests will be carried out on the video link by your team coach. “
Pakistan has six provincial teams, each with 32 contracted players – 16 each in the first and second XI. The contract, signed in August 2019, mandates that players maintain their fitness level and undergo periodic assessments. During tests on April 20 and 21, each provincial team coach will assess each player, while the national team coach will judge 19 Pakistan players who are contracted centrally. Each player must complete a number of fitness tasks – including the set of push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, burpees, and Bulgarian timed squats – and measure their weight.
The message also confirms that, if the situation allows, the next fitness assessment round, which is scheduled to be held in the first week of June, will return to its conventional module, which includes a gym, skinfold test, running, and other outdoor activities. assessment.
Pakistani players are often the subject of criticism because of their lack of fitness, but during his time as head coach, Waqar Younis instilled a feeling among his players that they needed to increase their level. His successor Mickey Arthur brought the idea forward, and Misbah, since taking control in September 2019, has been trying to impose strict standards not only among national team players but also in domestic cricket, with each province being asked to monitor the players. Fitness level every three months. –With input from the agency
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