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PCB penalises Shahid Afridi, 11 others for being out of shape

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi along with 11 other cricketers have been penalised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for failing fitness evaluation tests. Five other cricketers were rewarded with percent bonuses for improving their fitness, including Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq and batsman Ahmed Shahzad

Lahore: Pakistan cricket authorities on Tuesday fined 12 players, including star all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal, for failing to meet fitness standards.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set tough new fitness guidelines in June, warning that failure to stay in shape would lead to players having their salaries docked.

A PCB spokesman said the players were assessed against the guidelines earlier in September, and the 12 who failed would lose 25 percent of one month's salary.

Shahid Afridi and Misbah ul-Haq
Shahid Afridi and Misbah ul-Haq

"An assessment of 29 players' fitness was carried out between September 6 and 8, and 12 players did not meet the fitness standards," said the spokesman.

Along with Afridi and Akmal, those facing fines include Khurram Manzoor, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdur Rehman, Haris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohmmad Talha, Raza Hassan and Zulfiqar Babar.

But five others were rewarded with percent bonuses for improving their fitness, including Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq. "Misbah, Ahmed Shahzad and Bilawal Bhatti will get ten percent bonus while Shan Masood and Umar Amin will get 17 percent bonus of their monthly salaries," the spokesman said.

The new screening protocol has been divided into five levels, with players facing 17 different tests to undergo assessment.

"Those who maintained fitness levels are Azhar Ali, Umar Gul, Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rahat Ali, Adnan Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Fawad Alam and Anwar Ali," said the spokesman.

Three players -- Nasir Jamshed, Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal -- have not been tested for "personal reasons".

All Pakistan players get monthly salaries ranging from 425,000 rupees ($4,250 dollars) to 100,000 rupees ($1,000 dollars) under central contract categories A, B C and D. Afridi is in the A category while Akmal gets a B-group salary.

Cricketers who failed the test: Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Raza Hasan, Abdur Rehman, Khurram Manzoor, Haris Sohail, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Talha, Ehsan Adil, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan, Shoaib Maqsood

Cricketers who cleared the test: Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali, Azhar Ali, Umar Gul, Adnan Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

Cricketers who passed the test with flying colours: Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Shan Masood, Umar Amin

Absentees: Nasir Jamshed, Wahab Riaz

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