Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to conduct fitness tests of centrally-contracted players in the next week. For the first time, the PCB has decided that those players who under-performed during the fitness tests, would be fined.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the fitness tests will be held in the National cricket academy on 6 and 7 January.
All the available players, as mentioned in the contract, will attend the two-day fitness camp. Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, and Wahab Riaz, who are currently busy playing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will go through the tests on January 20 and 21.
Yasir Malik, the strength and conditioning coach of the Pakistan national team, will conduct the fitness test. The test will cover five primary areas i.e., fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance, and cross-fit.
A player failing to meet the minimum fitness criteria will be fined 15 percent of his monthly pay, which will remain valid until he achieves the complete fitness. A player failing consecutive tests will risk the chances of retaining his central contract category and may face demotion.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Zakir Khan said, “There has always been an emphasis on the monitoring of players’ fitness levels. This time we have decided to enforce penalties, which is following 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.”
He informed media that all the players were reported last month of the PCB’s expectations and potential sanctions in the scenario of failures.
Zakir Khan added, “These fitness tests will not be limited to the centrally contracted players, but will trickle down to the six Cricket Association teams. Their respective coaches and trainers will conduct Their tests as per their 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 25 March to 19 April.”
Centrally contracted players:
Category A – Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah.
Category B – Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz.
Category C – Abid Ali , Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari.