All the members of the current Sri Lankan cricket team have failed the fitness tests which were conducted to gauge their fitness levels. Upon receiving these dismal results, the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday has given a warning to the team members to either get fir in three months or go home.
The fitness tests were conducted before the team’s performance against Zimbabwe, with matches which are set to begin as early as Friday.
“No one has a satisfactory level of fitness, but I have made an exception this time,” sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said.
For the matches, the players are selected by an independent panel, but in the end, the sports minister has the final say regarding who can represent the country.
Jayasekera explained to the media that none of the 13-man squad met the required international fitness standards and he also noted that high levels of injuries were due to poor endurance of the team members.
Only Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Madushanka scored high points in the ‘yo-yo’ endurance test which comprises of running against the clock. The entire test comprised of three other fitness checks.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga only managed to scrape through two tests, while he failed the third one.
“Malinga has suffered recurring injuries partly because of the poor fitness,” a source said on condition of anonymity.
In cricket, the typical body fat amount for a cricket is 16 percent, but most of the Sri Lankan players had body fat percentages of over 26 percent. Jayasekera has warned any player with a body fat percentage over 16 will not be allowed to represent the country.