Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will deduct salaries of the cricketers who do not meet the fitness requirements.
“A player failing to meet the minimum fitness requirements will be fined 15 per cent of his monthly retainer, which will remain effective until he achieves the standards,” a press release by the cricket board stated. “Player failing consecutive tests will risk the chances of retaining his central contract category and may face demotion.”
All the cricketers playing for the team will have to undergo the fitness test which well be held on January 6 and 7.
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan, who are playing in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will undergo the tests on 20 and 21 January.
The players will be tested in five major areas namely fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, with all five areas carrying equal marks.
The following are the categories of the players under PCB central contracts:
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 Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.
The PCB’s Director of International Cricket Zahir Khan said that he has already informed the players about the board’s expectations and sanctions.
He further stated that association sides players will also undergo fitness tests and may miss out the chance of featuring in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament, which will held from March 25 to April 19, if their fitness level is below the par.