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Danushka Gunathilaka and Dhananjaya de Silva fail fitness test

Sri Lanka cricketers Dhananjaya de Silva and Danushka Gunathilaka are the latest to fail Sri Lanka Cricket’s new fitness test.

Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva and Danushka Gunathilaka

Opening batsman Danushka Gunatilleke who has been only given a category ‘D’ contract, the lowest tier, is doing himself no favours by failing another fitness test in Dhaka on Thursday. The left-handed batsman has been a prolific run scorer in the shorter formats of the game, but his poor fitness levels has landed him in trouble.

Gunatilleke is eligible to play the three match series in Bangladesh but on his return home, he’s got to do a second fitness test and will be ineligible for the tour of UK if he fails that.

The most disappointing news to come out of Dhaka yesterday was that Dhananjaya de Silva too had failed the fitness test.

Incidentally Dhananjaya had been offered a top contract worth USD 100,000. He is one of the two players to be provided a grade ‘A’ contract. But now that he had failed the fitness test, the coaching staff will not be too happy…

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  1. If this fitness test becomes a huge obstacle and keeps our best players out of the park then it’s pointless. Because of recent injuries they started this fitness test but injuries and fitness are two different things. Hamstring injuries can happen to even the fittest players. If playing football during practice is not good then running laps can also lead to injuries. Remember when they were making a huge deal about players playing football??

  2. As with most things with our cricket these days, this is seriously disappointing, particularly coming from young batters. Although not acceptable, one could understand an older player who is still performing struggling with fitness but these are young players.

    For those of us who are working, it would be like your always late to work! It’s simply not acceptable no matter how good you are. Fitness is part of the team culture much like fielding. The better teams in the world seldom struggle with the basic such as fitness and fielding.