Newly-appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq is not wasting any time in improving the fitness level of the players. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently replaced Mickey Arthur with Misbah-ul-Haq as their head coach as well as the chairman of selectors. The former Pakistan captain has now taken his first big decision in order to improve the fitness of Pakistani players.
Fitness and Pakistani cricketers do no really go hand-in-hand. The players were recently criticised during the World Cup for their poor fitness level. Misbah has now changed the diet and nutrition plans for the players in the national camp and the domestic tournament to start a new fitness culture in the setup.
The legendary cricketer has made it clear that the players will have to remain on top of their fitness for selection. Misbah-ul-Haq has ordered oily items and red meat items including biryani to be taken down from the menu. He has also banned sweet items from the menu.
“No more Biryani or oil-rich red meat meals or sweet dishes for the players now,” a member of a catering company that manages the players’ menu in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy told PTI.
“Pakistani players are known to have a fondness for junk food and rich oily dishes when they are not playing for the national team but Misbah has told every player that a logbook will be maintained on their fitness and diet plans and anyone found lacking would be shown the door,” a source told PTI.
Instead of oily foods and sweets, Misbah-ul Haq has now asked for only barbecue items, pasta and fruits to be served to the players. Misbah’s coaching stint will start with the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka at home. Pakistan will host Sri Lanka for three ODIs and as many T20Is.