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Novice cricketer, elite performers, Cricket coaching club, BMI- Basal Metabolic Index, PEFR- Peak Exploratory Flow Rate.
Cricket, or the gentleman’s game is a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime game. In the late 16th century, the sport of cricket has originated in the south-east England. It has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries and yet the most popular game of the today’s world. It is a global sport played in over 100 countries with elite performers attracting multimillion dollar contracts. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the physical factors regulating the performances of novice cricketers who are now under training procedure and to make some suggestions to coaches as well as parents for the improvement in their performance level. To achieve this goal, twelve anthropometric characteristics are taken on purposively selected 55 Club novice cricketers aged 6-15 years (mean 12 years) participated in the regular coaching camp organized by Cricket Coaching Club named as Chatra Maitrae Parishad. From the study works, it is evident that out of 55 novice cricketers, 27 (49.09%) were underweight (below19), 9 (16.36%) were overweight (above 25) and the rest 19 (34.54%) novice cricketers possess normal BMI. Moreover,out of 55 novice cricketers, 20 (36%) cricketers having moderate amount of Hemoglobin (10-12gm%),.32 (58.18%) cricketers had hemoglobin between 12-14gm% and they were also closely marked for their periodic hemoglobin estimation of blood and their and their parents were also counseled accordingly. Besides these, majority of the novice cricketers (41) have PEFR between 151-250 which is not up to the mark according to their ages. Only 5 cricketers show PEFR to the satisfactory level above 300 and 9 cricketers show poor PEFR which indicates the poor lung functioning capacity seeking more concern to their performances due to less lung functioning capacity.
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