BCCI towards yo-yo tests for Team India selection

To maintain consistent fitness standards across all cricket formats BCCI has made 'yo-yo' endurance test mandatory for cricketers. The test was developed by Danish soccer physiologist Jens Bangsbo and is a variation of the beep test that is used to evaluate all of the cricketers` aerobic endurance fitness.

In this test, there are two versions of the test, level one for beginners and level two for advanced. The level two fitness test involves cones placed to mark out two lines, 20 meters apart. The player has to run between the lines and turn when the beep goes off.

The pace of the beeps quicken after each minute and if the player does not reach the line in time, he or she must catch up the speed within two more beeps.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, while speaking to The Indian Express, conceded that the rules applied on the cricketers will be stringent and 'non-negotiable'.

“The captain, coach and chief selector, along with the other members of the selection committee in consultation with the support staff, have set the parameters. The fitness parameters set by the team management for athletes to be eligible for selection are non-negotiable,” he was quoted as saying.

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