Pakistan’s national and domestic team players will undergo a fitness assessment over a two-day period, between April 20 and 21, via video, according to a report on ESPNcricinfo.
Players around the world have been challenged to maintain their physical fitness level in the face of global closure in all activities due to coronavirus outbreaks. Some boards have overcome this problem by sending customized training plans and kits, with equipment designed to meet the requirements of each player, with team coaches monitoring their progress regularly.
The Pakistan players will initially undergo their fitness tests, which have been held every three months since the former national team captain Misbah-ul-Haq take over as head coach and head chooser.
But with restrictions on the movement in Pakistan, as in the rest of the world, assessments will now continue through virtual space. The test will take into account the limitations faced by the players due to restrictions on movement and closure of PCB training facilities. Tests have been designed to examine the players and find out how they spend their time during isolation.
“To maintain your fitness level, you must be disciplined and continue to work hard,” said a message from Misbah and team coach Yasir Malik. “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. “
In total, more than 200 players will be subject to judgment, including 19 centrally contracted players, and 192 domestic cricket players who play for six provincial teams – each team has 16 players each as part of their first and second XI.
Players must perform a series of physical movements as part of the assessment. That includes 60 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and 10 chin-ups, more than one minute each and in full-range motion, in addition to 30 burpe in one minute, 25 Bulgarian squats split on each side, standing 2.5 a wide jump meter, the board flipped for two minutes, and the Level 18 Yo-Yo test.
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