The Yo-Yo fitness test was on Sunday reintroduced in the eligibility criteria for selection in the Indian cricket team following the high-profile review meeting of the BCCI here.
The meeting, which was pending since India’s semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup in November, finally took place in the presence of BCCI secretary Jay Shah, president Roger Binny, captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, NCA chief VVS Laxman and selector Chetan Sharma.
Besides Yo-Yo test, Dexa (bone scan test) has also been made part of the selection criteria. It was also decided that emerging players, who tend to prioritise white-ball cricket for IPL riches over red ball cricket, will be required to play a ”substantial domestic season” to be eligible for national selection.
”The emerging players will have to play a substantial domestic season to be eligible for selection to the national team.
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”The Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will now be part of selection criteria and implemented in the customized roadmaps of the central pool of players.
”Keeping in mind the men’s FTP and preparations for ICC CWC 2023, the NCA will work in tandem with the IPL franchisee to monitor the targeted Indian players participating in the IPL 2023,” said Shah in the BCCI statement.
The Yo-Yo test is an aerobic endurance fitness test which involves running between markers placed 20 metres apart at increasing speeds. The test was introduced during Virat Kohli’s tenure as India captain and the passing score initially was 16.1 before it was increased to 16.5.
The entire selection panel was sacked after the World Cup but Sharma attending Sunday’s meeting has also attracted attention. For the record, he has re-applied for the job alongside Harvinder Singh, who was also part of the sacked panel.
In a statement, the BCCI said the roadmap for the 2023 World Cup at home was also discussed in the meeting.
”The issues of player availability, workload management and fitness parameters were also discussed at length during the meeting along with the roadmap to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023,” it read.
The fitness of the Indian cricketers has been a matter of concern with the likes of Deepak Chahar breaking down regularly. Premier pacer Jaspirt Bumrah, too, has been out of action for a long time due to a back injury.