Pakistan's women cricketers undergo online fitness tests
The Pakistan Cricket Board has organised online fitness tests for 38 of the country's women cricketers that will run from May 11 till May 20.
The video tests will comprise of different exercises including prone hold, Bulgarian squats, vertical jumps and push-ups along with body mass index calculation to assess their fitness standards.
Taking into account the month of Ramadan, the tests will take place outside the fasting hours to ensure players do not succumb to dehydration.
Imran Khalil, who has been assigned the role of an interim fitness trainer, will supervise the proceedings and send his feedback to the national women's team management.
Considering the absence of cricket due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the centrally contracted players will not be penalised if they fail a fitness test.
“The modern-day game requires players to maintain optimum fitness levels at all times. Our aim is to develop a fitness driven culture and inculcate this within the system in order to produce an elite athlete," said Urooj Mumtaz, chair of Pakistan's women selection committee.
“Considering that these are unprecedented and uncertain times and the players are confined to train in whatever spaces are available to them, the testing battery has been modified to ensure they can be conducted without any equipment while staying indoors.
“At this stage, there will be no financial penalties in case a player fails to meet the desired benchmarks. However, being professional cricketers we urge all the players to maintain their fitness levels to make sure that they are ready to go when cricket resumes.”
Pakistan's last assignment on the international arena was the Women's T20 World Cup where they failed to advance to the semi-finals and were knocked out in the first round.