Fitness ~~King~~ keen to make players more fit

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Physical trainer of Indian cricket team, Gregory King said on Saturday that the coming two camps for cricketers are intended to make the players fit before the start of the season. He says there is room for improvement.

King who took up the assignment during the August camp in Bangalore last year, said that he was happy with the results thereafter. "But that does not mean there is no room for improvement".

"Fitness is up and down. It's not consistent throughout the year. The aim is to make the players fit before the start of the season," the trainer said.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that a pace bowlers camp would be held in Bangalore from June 8 to 12. And from June 13 to 19, there would be a combined camp involving other batsmen and bowlers as well.

"I will monitor the progress made by the players during the off-season," King said. "These two camps will be purely physical conditioning oriented," he stressed.

But King said since the season had ended recently, the coming camps would not be as intensive as the last one in August last year.

On the fitness of Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, he said the team's physio Andrew Leipus is currently in England and is keeping an eye on them and he (Leipus) would be able to know it.

Coach John Wright and Leipus would join the July 3-July 11 preparatory camp in Bangalore for Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka, King added.

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