De­spite age Mis­bah, You­nis top fit­ness tests

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

ISLAMABAD—El­derly bats­men Mis­bah ul Haq and You­nis Khan are set to be the fittest play­ers as they have topped the fit­ness tests set by the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) to match the play­ers’ strength ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Talk­ing to APP, a PCB of­fi­cial said Test cap­tain Mis­bah (41) and se­nior bats­man, You­nis (38) are the fittest play­ers in the test de­spite their age.

“The Pak­istan cricket team fit­ness trainer Grant Lu­den had set up a points sys­tem for the fit­ness tests (17 set as the tar­get) which both of them have achieved,” he said.

You­nis at­tainted 18 points while Mis­bah’s re­port is yet to come but he has cleared the test with an edge.

He said some play­ers who could not reach the level in­clude T20 cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed, Umar Ak­mal, So­haib Maq­sood, spin­ners Saeed Aj­mal and Zul­fiqar Babar. They failed to at­tain the re­quired points in the dif­fer­ent fit­ness tests.

He fur­ther said that the play­ers who will pass the test will be re­warded in some way fi­nan­cially while the ones who fail would be given a time frame to achieve the given fit­ness tar­get.

“If the ones who fail would not achieve the given fit­ness test in the given time frame then they will be fined,” he added.

He also rub­bished all re­ports that some play­ers had com­plained that stan­dards were kept le­nient while tak­ing tests of play­ers in­clud­ing ODI cap­tain Azhar Ali and pacer Wa­hab Riaz.

“This did not hap­pen. How­ever the play­ers who had failed the tests must have been bluff­ing around,” he said.

“Shahid Afridi, Muham­mad Hafeez, Haris So­hail and Imad Wasim could not ap­pear in the tests due to some in­juries.”

The of­fi­cial said a 15-day camp of the play­ers for prepa­ra­tion of the se­ries against Eng­land in July will be held in Ab­b­otabad from May 15. “PCB has also em­ployed Asad Rizvi (nu­tri­tion­ist and sports psy­chol­o­gist) to hold coun­sel­ing ses­sions with the play­ers.—APP

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