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HEADLINE: CWI sets new benchmark for west Indies men's fitness

 
CaribbeanCricket.com 2019-01-09 10:55:37 

CWI Medai Release: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies has hailed the improvement of fitness levels of the WINDIES Men over the last year and introduced a new benchmark for testing of players’ stamina and endurance.

Of all teams under its care, including the six territorial franchises, which were evaluated using a battery of tests with the Yo-Yo Endurance Test being a key metric, the WINDIES Men showed the greatest improvement during the last year.

This was revealed by CWI Head of Sports Medicine & Science, Dr. Oba Gulston, during the regional governing body’s last board of directors’ meeting held on December 8 and 9 in Trinidad.

“WINDIES Men’s fitness has improved by over 30 per cent in the last year” said Dr. Gulston in a report to the directors.

“We continue to work hard with all the franchises to improve the fitness level of all players across the region, especially out of the cricket season, the most important time to improve fitness and conditioning. We’ve set a minimum benchmark for all players to obtain as an indication of greatly improved fitness levels.”

The Yo-Yo Endurance Test is part of a series of fitness testing method developed in Denmark by football physiologist, Dr. Jens Bangsbo. It is a key measure used to evaluate a player’s stamina and endurance. The benefits of the test include helping players to recover faster during the matches by increasing their aerobic capacity.

“Player fitness at elite international level is a key ingredient of successful teams. To maintain and improve fitness standards, the CWI Board has now set a benchmark standard that is tied to eligibility for selection, using the Yo-Yo Endurance Test following the recommendation of our Sports Medicine & Science team,” said CWI Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave. “It has also mandated that this benchmark must be achieved for players to be eligible for selection to the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales. The CWI Board has also agreed that any exceptions would be subject to its approval through its medical panel.”

Grave said the new fitness benchmark is a part of a suite of measures that the CWI Board has approved to help improve player performance across the board.

“With the match calendar and the different formats of the game being practically a year-round pursuit, optimal fitness must be achieved,” he said. “Irrespective of a player’s cricketing ability, a minimum fitness level is the bedrock for success for any contemporary sports professional.”

Grave said: “The West Indies used to set the benchmark for fitness in cricket and it was one of the hallmarks of the great WINDIES teams of the 1980s and 1990s. International teams have taken our lead and set new standards. We are investing in all players’ fitness to give our cricket the best chance of success.”


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Slipfeeler 2019-01-09 11:06:26 

Any benchmarks on CWI mental fitness for office?

 
jacksparrow 2019-01-09 11:13:41 

Wasn’t it the Packer Series coach that made the West Indies Team?

 
DIEHARD 2019-01-09 11:17:05 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

I call bullshite.

An increase of 30%.. When you were 80% short of target.. Ain't shite...ijs

 
natty_forever 2019-01-09 12:02:09 

In reply to jacksparrow… did they have a coach?

 
Narper 2019-01-09 13:22:51 

All this to keep out Cornwall

 
Lamb 2019-01-09 13:32:23 

Can you imagine two lefties are the fittest in the region...both are batsmen. One in the late 30s and the other is a newbie sensation.

One is a sure pick for the series against England. The other tends to get picked based on his regional prowess.

Colin Croft used to say if you are not "fit", no matter how talented you are, it shouldn't be an automatic selection for you to the west indies team. It will set a bad precedent.

There is a particular player who had immense talent but was lazy and he was subsequently dropped by my favorite (the prince) because it was sending a bad signal to the other team members.

Today, you can tell who just spend more time in the kitchen and on their mobile and who take pride in their diet, the physical appearance, book etc.


I am just the messenger here. A well known Bajan Commentator just said so. Oh ras....

 
imusic 2019-01-09 14:03:54 

In reply to CaribbeanCricket.com

“With the match calendar and the different formats of the game being practically a year-round pursuit, optimal fitness must be achieved,” he said. “Irrespective of a player’s cricketing ability, a minimum fitness level is the bedrock for success for any contemporary sports professional


Their justification of Cornwall’s continued non selection?

 
Ewart 2019-01-09 14:40:13 

In reply to imusic

Looks so.



rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes

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Ninetenjack 2019-01-09 14:48:12 

Time to bring back "Lever the Rock" the pride of Bermuda, he would mek Cornwall look like a ballet dancer. big grin big grin

 
jacksprat 2019-01-09 15:19:24 

In reply to imusic

Their justification of Cornwall’s continued non selection?

He is 'fit" enough to play in their so-called 4 day FC professional cricket competition; fit enough for A team selection but somehow isn't fit enough to play for their test (and ODI) team whose matches typically last maximum of 3 days anyway!!!

 
FuzzyWuzzy 2019-01-09 15:28:59 

You all being disingenuous. You all know in professional leagues in other sports a player doesn't even get near the field of play until he meets the minimum fitness standards. Ask Bolt.

But only because it is CWI wanna vex. And also a way of enabling your indiscipline homeboys.

 
natty_forever 2019-01-09 15:29:52 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy… so can you say with certainty that he does not? Our homeboys are being selected and aren't as fit as him. go figure.

 
FuzzyWuzzy 2019-01-09 15:57:00 

In reply to natty_forever

I can't figure out what da shoite you saying big grin

 
natty_forever 2019-01-09 16:05:54 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy… can you say with certainty that he is unfit? I have seen my homeboy selected and he not as fit as Big Wall!


So I am wondering if they saying if you not a certain weight you caan be fit, RUBBISH.

 
anthonyp 2019-01-09 16:09:21 

In reply to natty_forever

I sure Nurse don't pass the fitness test yet he does get pick..

When they did the yo yo test in Guyana about 6 guys pass out of 40 or so.. And imagine the CWI officials said that's the best in the region so far lol

 
natty_forever 2019-01-09 16:12:18 

In reply to anthonyp… CWI speak with fork tongue!

 
FuzzyWuzzy 2019-01-09 16:14:17 

In reply to anthonyp

How do you know Nurse or anybody's test scores?

 
natty_forever 2019-01-09 16:19:58 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

When they did the yo yo test in Guyana about 6 guys pass out of 40 or so
… was Nurse one of the 6?
big grin

 
positiveg 2019-01-09 20:16:05 

In reply to Narper

Exactly, all this to keep out Cornwall.

 
Drapsey 2019-01-09 21:11:44 

In reply to positiveg

Exactly, all this to keep out Cornwall.

That rule, albeit unwritten, has been around from the Tamar Lambert days.

 
jacksparrow 2019-01-10 00:29:20 

Talking about this Guy