Why do we have so much focus on fitness?

When Sri Lanka announced Mickey Arthur as their Head Coach, it was just a matter of time that he confronted some players on their fitness. Along the way, he had dropped Dilruwan Perera, Prabath Jayasuriya, Avishka Fernando and Bhankua Rajapaksa. The first to speak against the stiff fitness regime is Rajapaksa and it can be assured that there are many others who are moaning about the two kilometer run that they are supposed to do in less than eight minutes and 30 seconds and the skin fold test.


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  1. Yes agreed, the fitness is like the basics of sports and here we are learning the basics. No surprises why we are floundering at the bottom with so many issues with basics – like injuries and inability to bat for long periods, part of it would have to do with fitness.

    The problem we had was with the so called unfit senior players occupying spots on the team which then spread like a virus to the team culture. The best example of this is India – no room for unfit overweight players there which is why they are competing at the highest level in all forms of cricket. Recall India say in the early 2000’s – they had great players but were lethargic in the field which cost them.

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