Bhanuka, Danushka “marginally” fail running tests

15 February 2021 01:47 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Among the four Sri Lankan players who failed the fitness tests conducted by Grant Luden on Friday, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Danushka Gunathilaka only marginally missed the deadline of running two kms in 8 min. 35 seconds.

According to highly placed sources at SLC, both finished the running in 8:45 secs and 8:41 secs respectively.

The other two, Kusal Perera and Dilruwan Perera, took 9:50 and 11:45 seconds.

“Bhanuka and Danushka were not tired, but they just lost track of time,” the source explained.

The players were also put to a test of running between the wickets for two runs and Bhanuka was fastest in 6.4 seconds.

The players also underwent different tests to determine their strengths.

The Anti-doping officials randomly selected ten players for the tests. 

The list included Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Asitha Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga and Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

Another round of tests for those who failed to meet the time and those who were absent on the day will be conducted on a later day.

Kusal Mendis had his wedding on the same day and had sought prior permission to miss the tests. 

“He will be given a chance to prove his fitness, but the call has to come from the selectors (yet to be announced) and the coaching staff,” the source added.



  Comments - 3

  • Shem Rizve Fasy Tuesday, 16 February 2021 07:08 AM

    Laughable an International Cricketer who cannot concentrate on time is how suitable to concentrate on batting in a test Match. Nonsense.

    SL Fan Tuesday, 16 February 2021 10:32 AM

    Exactly. They obviously just couldn't make it. I say in the future publish all results of fitness tests in newspapers. Name and shame them. The thing is I don't even know whether these jokers have any self respect to be motivated even by this.

    dickie bird Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:46 PM

    There is nothing called marginally. EITHER U FAILED OR PASS. Kick them out from selections. This is the Bench Mark. Who cares if a failed player is the fastest between the wickets. SLC and moreover WE the followers have suffered enough humiliation because of idiotic performances. Like a random drug test, 2 km run need to follow suit. NO MORE EXCUSES. NEED TO BE TRANSPARENT WITH RESULTS. v the public need to know.

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