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National Cricketers Undergo Rigorous Fitness Tests

National Cricketers Undergo Rigorous Fitness Tests

Posted by Lynie Awywen on December 30, 2013

Thirty-three (33) members of the provisional squad of 37 players named by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) underwent their first day of fitness training at the Guyana National Stadium on Saturday, as selectors began to explore for players who will comprise the touring squads for next year’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Four-day and NAGICO Super50 tournaments.

The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Esaun Crandon, Chairman of the Senior Selection Panel of the GCB, Rayon Griffith, and coach Julian Moore.

Saturday’s sessions focused mainly on the physical aspect of the players’ training. The squad, minus all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, veteran middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and all-rounder Steven Jacobs, began the session by testing their stamina and oxygen uptake by virtue of a beep test.

The players then ran 20-mile shuttles back and forth for a designated period of time and after completion of the beep exam; they then free-ran 50-mile shuttles with the use of cones.

The players then sought to impress the GCB officials by completing a series of drills and simulations in a bid to secure a spot in the national senior team.

After the beep trails were concluded, the players were engaged in the cardiovascular aspect of fitness as they were drilled on push-ups and sit-ups, followed by “military boot-camp” simulated drills, with the use of chairs and cones.

In an invited comment at the conclusion of the first day, Crandon told Guyana Times Sport that he’s impressed with the players’ fitness level.

“A lot of the players have shown that high level of fitness, which is very encouraging,” Crandon said.

Crandon, who played 38 First-Class matches for Guyana, added that some players “still have a little way to go, but some of them are at a level where they just need to maintain it.”

He further indicated that the players will have some turf practice over the next two days which will be used to give the cricketers an opportunity to spend some time in the middle and apply themselves in the respective areas such as batting and bowling which will further aid in getting the players prepared.

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