Lack of fitness would cost cricketers place in national team: Akram Khan

DHAKA, Akram Khan, the cricket operations chairman of
the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) advised the players to be fully strict on
their training and fitness regardless of what happening around them.

He said that once the coronavirus pandemic is over, the national cricket
team would have to be damn busy for various activities in which only the fit
cricketers will be allowed to take part.

He also warned the players not to cheat with them by avoiding fitness
activities by staying at home.

“They (Players) have been doing many activities like helping the
vulnerable people, which is really good but at the same time I want them not
to compromise with the fitness and training,” Akram told the BSS here today.

“They have to remember that the fitness will be key in retaining the place
in the national team once the coronavirus pandemic is over. I mean only the
fit cricketers will be allowed to take part in the activities of the national
team and in this case there will be no issue of compromising.”

Akram, also the former national skipper and chief selector, said that the
coaching staffs remained involved with the players through video conferencing
and social media to guide them doing fitness training at home.

Akram said he himself also has been talking to the players regularly to
get an updated data on them.

“Almost all the players bought the gym equipment to do fitness training at
home, which is the example of how motivated they are to keep them fit. It’s
good and at the same time I know that sometimes they may feel boring by
staying at home always. Or some may think that after the announcement of
restarting of cricket, I will do gym and fitness training-but it would be
wrong and they may pay for it. I had already told the players, there is no
chance to be relaxed with the fitness issue.”

Akram, a BCB director also said that they would reschedule the players
activities if they get any clue on restarting the cricket.

“None of us know what will happen actually and when this will be over. But
we’ve kept an eye on that. Once we will get the clue we’ll start the
activities of rescheduling the cricket calendar,” he said.

“After it’s over, you can’t play cricket straightway, so there should be
some plan in place. Possibly we’ll stress on playing practice matches as much
as it is possible. If it is away tour, we’ll demand more practice matches,”
Akram concluded.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)