‘It is a process, but no compromise’- Coach Crandon on Jaguars’ fitness struggles

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It is public knowledge by now that several Guyanese cricketers have registered below-par performances at the two fitness tests organised by the Guyana Amazon Jaguars management.

Head Coach Esuan Crandon, in a recent interview, explained that it will take a while for some players to meet the required mark, and there will be no compromise.

The Coach said he has reviewed scores from the Yo-Yo tests and 2k run and has set targets for the players who did not reach the required marks.

The Yo-Yo test is a maximal aerobic endurance fitness test, involving running between markers placed 20 meters apart, at increasing speeds, until exhaustion. Players had run a minimum of 40 while they had to do the 2k run in under eight minutes and 15 seconds.

“We don’t want to get carried away with this fitness thing, but at the said time we are not going to compromise what we set out for the guys to achieve. At the said time, it is a process getting to the standard we set out and we are going to be behind them to ensure they achieve that,” Crandon stated.

The Coach felt that once players are physically fit it helps with the mental side of the game, and by extension the consistent execution of their skills.

Guyana Amazon Jaguars players go through their paces at a recent training session

Crandon highlighted Sri Lanka Cricket’s policy, which takes effect this year. If players do not complete a 2k run within eight minutes, 10 seconds, the Sri Lankan board will also deduct fines from the salaries.

For Cricket West Indies, generally, failing to meet a minimum of 40 on the Yo-Yo test results in non-selection and at the regional level, players are fined.

Currently, there is a recommendation by the local Chairman of Selectors, Ramanresh Sarwan to the Guyana Cricket Board to increase the minimum mark to 45 on the Yo-Yo test.

The idea is to raise the Guyanese fitness levels and also allow them to have a “cushion” when it comes to international selection.

Several young Guyanese players have been overlooked for West Indies selection after creditable performances at regional tournaments due to fitness issues.

Recently, West Indies Men’s Head Coach, Phil Simmons, bemoaned Shimron Hetmyer’s continued issues with fitness after yet again, he was left out of a squad owing to a failed fitness test.

According to Simmons, the 25-year-old Hetmyer is not only letting himself down, but his teammates.

Meanwhile, Jaguars are now in preparation mode for this year’s Regional Four-Day Championship, which is limited to five rounds and is expected to start in February.

The first of three Best-of-the-Best Four-Day matches starts on Wednesday at the Albion Community Centre ground.

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