LAHORE: PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told players that fitness and aggression are integral parts of modern cricket and the rest of the world has improved in these departments that is causing the difference.
“I have told players that in modern cricket, aggression, fielding and fitness are very important,” Shaharyar Khan told media. “We are lacking in fielding and fitness, other teams ahead of us,” he added.
He further told that in today’s limited overs cricket, poor fielding and fitness cost you 40 to 50 runs, when you don’t run quick between the wickets and your poor fielding give away doubles in place of singles and triples in place of doubles.
“Fitness and fielding are our top priorities, we have zero tolerance on fitness issue, if there are players who are below the minimum level of fitness, then we will not select them irrespective of their batting or bowling skills or seniority,” Khan made it clear.
The PCB boss is determined to give a message to all First Class and other players that if they do not work on their fitness, then there will not be any room for them in the national side.
Shaharyar Khan further told media that he has clearly communicated to the players that whoever will be involved in any sort of corruption, he will be dealt without any mercy.
He stated that the tribunal they have formed will have a final decision on Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif and we will accept it.
“If any player is found guilty (of spot fixing), his career will be over,” Khan put it straight.