‘Diet key to strength’

Ishtiack Mohammad Asif

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

‘Diet key to strength’

Webster Karimanzira, Zimbabwe National Cricket Team trainer was grabbing the attention for his muscular physique since the Zimbabwean side’s arrival in Bangladesh.

When it comes to physique, Bangladeshi cricketers might have improved their fitness level in last couple of years, but the level of fitness which is required, is often noticed lacking.

Karimanzira, who grew up as a trainer at a local gymnasium in Zimbabwe and watching people transforming their body since his childhood, said that players do need to hit the gym to improve their fitness but he insisted that it is more important to maintain their diet and nutrition to maintain that fitness level.

“Off course they have to spend a certain amount of time in the gym and work hard. (But) They have to look at what they eat. It also affects their fitness level,” Karimanzira told daily sun at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

“We encourage players to eat clean food. You need to watch the amount of sugar that you take in your body,” he added.

“Yes they can spend time working in the gym. They can spend time working on the field or they can spend time doing some yoga but to me what’s most Important is nutrition and diet,” he added more.

Karimanzira also explained that the fitness training programme for cricketers is almost similar in all the countries, but it’s their food habits coming from different continents which makes the difference in terms of cricketer’s fitness.

“Looking at the training regime it’s all the same whether it’s in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe or South Africa. Basically it’s the same training that you are doing. It’s more flexible sort of training that focuses on strength and conditioning and also the amount of time spent at the gym as well,” Karimanzira told.

“You are looking at a nutritious diet and which country they are coming from. Things like speed agility and explosive kind of workout. Body weight exercise and more functional kind of training,” he told adding that geographical belonging also plays a big role in players’ physicality.

“There are a lot of things that contributes to one’s physicality which comes genetically. If you look at the guys from India and Bangladesh, they are small guys compared to the guys from South Africa Zimbabwe. These guys are heavily built because of the geographic history,” he said.

“Looking at West Indies players like Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, it comes naturally in their genes. We as Zimbabwe coming from Africa, we are naturally built quite well but not as well compared to the West Indians,” Karimanzira said.