Majority of cricket players fail fitness test at army boot camp

Published: May 19, 2016
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The drills carried out by military trainers include long distance running, 100 metre sprints, hurdles sprint and steep climbing. PHOTO: PCB

The drills carried out by military trainers include long distance running, 100 metre sprints, hurdles sprint and steep climbing. PHOTO: PCB

More than half of the 31 players attending Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) boot camp at the Kakul Military Academy have failed their fitness tests, Press Trust of India reported on Wednesday.

According to reports from the camp, four players who have been outstanding in the fitness drills so far are Test captain Misbahul Haq, senior batsman Younus Khan, Fawad Alam and Shan Masood.

“Misbah, Younus, Shan and Fawad have maintained a consistent standard,” a source said on condition of anonymity.

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“However, what is of concern is that apart from a few players, rest have failed to impress the military trainers, fielding coaches, and fitness trainer Grant Ludan,” he added.

The fitness drills carried out by military trainers include long distance running, 100 metre sprints, hurdles sprint and steep climbing.

According to the source, after initial camp results, the trainers have now devised a new plan for other players which means they would now have to wake up at 7 am and do the drills till noon.

‘Gains’ of the Kakul boot camp

The board has maintained that fitness would be crucial measure on deciding the touring squad for upcoming England series. “The PCB has made it very clear that fitness will be a key element when deciding on the touring squad for England,” the source said. “One reason for the decline in team’s performance in limited-overs format has been greatly attributed to low level of fitness among players.”

The selectors had initially invited 35 players for the camp, leaving out senior players like Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul and former T20 captain Shahid Afridi.

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However, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Zulfiqar Babar and Imad Wasim were all ruled out of the boot camp before it began due to fitness issues, whereas Yasir Shah missed the opening day of camp citing pain in his left knee.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Molana Diesel
    May 19, 2016 - 3:53PM

    Military boot camp is for trained soldiers. These players whose diet is burger and pizza won’t be able to make it. Recommend

  • Ali
    May 19, 2016 - 4:05PM

    Misbah’s got it still!Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    May 19, 2016 - 6:04PM

    Diet plan for these players MUST, otherwise all effort will go waste…Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 19, 2016 - 6:15PM

    @Molana Diesel:
    Most Pakistanis consider burgers and pizzas good eatin’ ! Veggies are an afterthought and thought of as ‘cheap’.Recommend

  • Yusuf
    May 19, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Admit new players instead of drilling ones with bad performances. Its time to show the door and select new players. Give young Pakistanis cricketer an honest chance at selection. Out with the old ones who been there for a decade. Opportunities knocking for new young aspiring cricketers. Recommend

  • Revenge
    May 19, 2016 - 7:53PM

    No wonder they are the worst fielding side among top 12. Even Afghans are far better than these so called talents. It looks like as if a team of oldies is on the field.Recommend

  • SYED
    May 19, 2016 - 9:49PM

    no one other than the Inzi know’s the value of fitness :)Recommend

  • Sodomite
    May 19, 2016 - 11:53PM

    Did anyone expect any other result??Recommend

  • bharat
    May 20, 2016 - 10:36AM

    It would have been great had they got Inzaman to go through this drill.Recommend

  • Sohaib
    May 20, 2016 - 4:11PM

    @Haji Atiya
    Burgers and pizza’s are junk food not good eatin. Go to any fitness club, gym, or any other fitness trainer and he will tell you so, they might be high in protein but they are also packed in very high fat, unsaturated and even trans fat which is very bad for your health especially someone concerned with his fitness and stamina. On top of that they are stuffed with salt, more then what you need.Recommend

  • Re
    May 27, 2016 - 9:14AM

    Alhumdulilah, I hope Inzi makes them work hard :D
    Also, to the trainers in Kakul academy:
    kindly make sure that Shoaib Malik and Akmal never get to pass the test , pretty please with cherry on top? Recommend

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