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PCB tells players to raise fitness standards or take 15% pay cut

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Del, Jan 3, 2020.

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  1. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    KARACHI: Pakistan's cricket board on Friday warned the national players to meet fitness standards or lose up to 15 percent of their salary, as officials seek to address the team's fall in the international rankings.

    Pakistan failed to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in England last year, and won only one of their six Test matches.

    They also fared badly in one-day internationals, winning just nine of their 25 and just one of their ten Twenty20 internationals, leaving the team as low as seventh in Tests and sixth in ODIs.

    They did manage to cling to their world number one rankings in Twenty20 internationals – but by just one point.

    New head coach Misbah-ul-Haq had stressed fitness will be paramount as he tries to lift standards.

    "All the available centrally contracted players will attend the two-day testing on January 6 and 7 in Lahore and any player failing to meet the minimum fitness requirements will be fined 15 percent of his monthly retainer," said a Pakistan Cricket Board release Friday.

    The cut will be maintained until the player gets fit again, it said.

    Any player failing consecutive tests "will risk the chances of retaining his central contract category and may face demotion," warned the PCB.

    The fitness tests will cover fat analysis, strength, endurance, speed endurance and cross-fit, and will carry equal weightage.

    Currently 19 top players are under contract in A, B and C categories and get monthly salaries ranging from 1.1 million to 0.5 million rupees based on their contract.

    Pakistan are scheduled to play three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests at home against Bangladesh starting later this month, but pending clearance from Bangladesh Board.

  2. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    Emphasis on fitness is good, however, you need better skillset to win games. Therefore, focus should also be on players abilities and we should opt those who possess better skills than bits and pieces players.
  3. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

    ShokoTolo_LoloMoto Talented

    Apr 16, 2010
    15% is nothing.
    Many will happily choose to have their pay cut by 15%.
    Who gives a crap about fitness?
  4. pat

    pat Banned

    Nov 25, 2018
    yup. make it 50%. then you might have something.
  5. isaacking

    isaacking Talented

    Jul 16, 2010
    15% may be nothing but demotion in category will hurt big time.

    It has to be gradual.

    It is preferable to be Man of Understanding then to be a Man of Knowledge.

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