The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed improvements in player vigour since the introduction of minimum fitness standards last year.
WIBC Vice President, His Excellency Emmanuel Nanthan, said the measures have resulted in stronger players.
“The board, just last year, put in the requirement of minimum fitness standards at 18.5 and we know that hardly any of our players were at that standard. The president previously made mention that we had been struggling in one day and test cricket matches—versions of the game where you need fitter players both physically and mentally. Now one year later, when we tested the guys, most of them were up to the minimum standard or close to it. So the board is setting standards for the franchise, and we are hoping that by setting those kinds of standards and adhereing to them that we will get better cricketers.”
Mr. Nanthan listed the positive outcomes of the standards impementation.
“The Chairman of the Cricket Commission mentioned that for the first time in a long time, more than four players averaged over 60 runs; the number of centuries increased; the number of 50s increased. I believe that the improvement in fitness is due to the fact that the guys who would have normally been hanging out are now training every day. They have standards, they have coaches, and they are being measured by the standards, so there have been changes.”
His Excellency Emmanuel Nanthan spoke at a WICB press briefing in Roseau, Dominica on Sep. 10.