Pakistan’s former wicket-keeper batsman Wasim Bari was off the view that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should conduct fitness programs at Grassroot level.
“Players at grassroots are not aware of the importance of diet in keeping themselves fit. There is a need to educate young players about how to attain fitness,” he said while talking to the ARY Sports at National Stadium Karachi (NSK).
Bari said that fitness is very important for a player in modern-day cricket as the high-quality game requires stamina. “It depends on a player that how he keeps himself fit to compete strongly on the field,” Bari said.
“It starts from your home, how you grew up. You need to take care of yourself and do hard work continuously. It is not something you will achieve overnight,” Bari opined.
The former cricketer highlighted Pakistan team poor fielding in recently concluded World Cup 2019 in England. “Our team dropped 17 catches which indeed hurt them a lot. Had they taken those catches, the situation might have been quite a different,” he added.
Bari applauded the fitness level of teams like England and New Zealand who both made it to the finals of the mega event which was won by the home side.
“See teams like New Zealand, they have a strong team culture. Pakistani players have skills but a strong team culture can make our team stronger,” said Bari, who was the most capped player in Pakistani Test history at the end of his 17-year career.