Fitness and performance possess strong correlation and currently, these two notions capture a major chunk of the debate in many sports, particularly cricket. While a group picks fitness as the preferred thing, others are in favor of keeping performances in mind while selecting a player.
Recently, Pakistan’s former captain Rashid Latif decided to become a part of this debate as he showed his support for the latter group.
The wicket-keeper batsman believes that performances should be prioritized over fitness as too much training or cricket can sometimes cause fatigue. For this reason, a player might not be able to portray strong fitness standards, but his skills would stay the same.
The cricketer-turned analyst went on to cite the example of Azhar Ali and Yasir Shah and said that if they somehow fail to clear the beep test, it still won’t make sense to drop them as they are match winners. Moreover, the Karachi born explained that strong performances are also an indication of a player having the needed fitness for the game.