The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will conduct fitness tests for over 200 of its locked-down players via video link and the drills, among others, include push-ups, sprints, burpees and the ‘Yo-Yo’ test. The tests are being conducted to keep the contracted players in peak physical condition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These tests will take place on April 20 and 21 as per media reports.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill. The cricketing world has also faced its wrath and Pakistan cricket, too, it has suffered massively because of the rapid spread of the deadly virus. Cricketing action in the country has come to a halt and players have gone into isolation. At such a time, they need to keep themselves in perfect shape to be absolutely fit when the sport returns back to action.
For the same, Pakistan’s coach cum chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq, along with team trainer Yasir Malik, has written a letter to the players, intimating them of the planned fitness tests.
PCB To Conduct Online Fitness Test For Pakistan Players
“With all the limitations and lack of resources at the moment, we have chalked out this new fitness battery with everyone given an equal opportunity,” the letter reads. “You have been informed well before time to make sure you are mentally and physically ready for it. All the tests will be carried out on video link by your team’s trainers.”
“To maintain your fitness level you need to be disciplined and keep working hard. The centrally contracted cricketers will do the test in front of the national-team head trainer, while players within each province will perform in front of their respective trainers,” the letter further read.
The drills include 60 push-ups in one minute (full range), 50 sit-ups in one minute (full range), ten complete chin-ups in one minute (full range), 30 burpees in one minute, 25 Bulgarian split squats (each side), 2.5-meter standing broad jump, Reverse plank for two minutes and Level 18 Yo-Yo test.
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