Pakistan Cricket Team’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah Ul Haq has revealed that the new fitness standards set by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) follow the same model as the top four teams in the world do.
According to Misbah Ul Haq, the previous fitness standards were set according to the strength of the Pakistan players.
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Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector, in his podcast with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said that it was the right time to raise the fitness standards if we had to compete with other top teams.
Misbah Ul Haq said, “Now, the fitness tests of the national team will take place every two months instead of four. We have raised the standard of fitness we expect our players to meet.”
The head coach continued, “Players often think that fitness is to be worked upon during off-season only. But the point of revamping the standards is to ensure that they maintain their fitness regardless of whether they have been playing or not.”
Misbah Ul Haq said that the current fitness standards set by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were higher than the previous one. He said that the players who failed in the current test were much fitter from those who passed the previous tests.
Misbah Ul Haq added, “Although the cricketers have their shortcomings in certain areas of the fitness tests, they have still surpassed the previous standards, which is a good sign.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already announced that those centrally-contracted players who failed to achieve the minimum score set in the fitness tests, would be fined 15 percent of their monthly salary.