In the wake of improving its players’ fitness level, the Pakistan Cricket Board has given an ultimatum to their players to work on their fitness or they will be fined for not doing so.
Announcing the date of the fourth term fitness tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board scheduled centrally contracted players to confront the fitness test on 6th and 7th January.
As per the part of the fine, the board has decided to cut around 15 percent from the monthly remuneration of the failed players. The fine will continue to be imposed until the failed players won’t get satisfactory results in the fitness test.
There are also some chances that the failing players might lose their central contract and subsequently face demotion.
In the two-day fitness tests, all players will have to go through different parameters fo physical and endurance tests. Players like Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan will undergo the test on 20th and 21st January as they are unavailable right now seeing their participation in Bangladesh premier league.
Yasir Malik, the strength and conditioning coach of the Pakistan national cricket team will conduct the two-day fitness test which will include fat analysis, strength endurance, whereas CrossFit and carry equal weightage.
“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,” Zakir Khan, PCB – Director, International Cricket, said in a statement.
“All the players were informed last month of the PCB’s expectations and potential sanctions in the scenario of failures,” he added.