PCB for players with central contracts for a lower than average physical condition

LAHORE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) warned its centrally hired players that they will be fined for their physical condition below average.

The physical fitness exams for the fourth quarter of centrally hired players will be held at the National Cricket Academy on January 6 and 7.

A player who does not meet the minimum fitness requirements will be fined 15 percent of his monthly retainer, which will remain effective until he reaches the minimum fitness standards. A player who fails in consecutive tests will risk the chances of retaining his central contract category and may face degradation.

All centrally available contracted players will attend the two-day events. Wahab Riaz Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan, who are busy with their commitments in the Bangladesh Premier League, will be tested on January 20 and 21.

The fitness tests, which will be carried out by Yasir Malik, the strength and conditioning coach of the Pakistan men's national team, will cover five main areas, namely fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed resistance and adjustment crossed, and will have the same weight.

There has always been an emphasis on monitoring the fitness levels of the players. This time we have decided to impose sanctions, which is in accordance with the contracts, as part of our goal of making players more responsible and responsible for maintaining good fitness standards throughout the year, which is one of the basic requirements of any professional athlete, Zakir Khan, PCB - Director of International Cricket said in a statement.

All players were informed last month of PCB expectations and possible penalties in the fault scenario, he added.

Centrally hired 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 and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Category C: Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zamam, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood , Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.