The old duo tops the fitness test


Lahore: Pakistan’s 41-years old test skipper, Misbah Ul Haq and the 38-year old veteran test batsman, Younis Khan proved to be the fittest players as they have topped the fitness test conducted at the National Cricket Academy.

PCB has conducted the fitness tests of all the central contracted players as a preparation stunt for the upcoming England tour and bring their fitness to the par level of the international standards.

According to a PCB, the two of the most experienced and aged cricketers are the fittest among the lot.

“National team fitness trainer Grant Luden had set up a points system [17 set as the target] which both of them have achieved,” said the official.

“Younis attained 18 points while Misbah’s report is yet to come but he has cleared the test with an edge,” he added.

While, the T20 skipper Sarfraz Ahmed along with Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Saeed Ajmal and Zulfiqar Babar couldn’t pass the fitness test.

The PCB official further stated that the fit cricketers will be rewarded with cash prizes for their fitness, while the players that have failed the test will be given another chance.

“The players who failed [in the first attempt] do not clear the test within a specified time period will be fined,” the official stated.

The PCB official also brushed off the claims that some players including the left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz and the ODI captain Azhar Ali was given leniency in their fitness test.

A 15 day boot camp for fitness for the preparation of England tour will be kicked off from 15th of May. the 35 selected players will attend the camp in Abbottabad.

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