It is no more 16:1. The yo-yo test level for the Indian men’s cricketers has been raised to 17:1.
In addition, the BCCI has also added a new fitness parameter: Run a 2km time trial, which is now a global fitness standard employed by international cricket teams.
It is understood that players have the choice to pick either the yo-yo test or the time trial, but the BCCI has made it mandatory to clear one of the two fitness tests.
These two elements are part of the BCCI’s drive to raise the fitness standards of Indian players and bring them closer to the global standards.
It is understood the BCCI finalised the new fitness parameters in tandem with the National Cricket Academy (NCA), which is headed by former India captain Rahul Dravid, and the national selectors recently.
While the yo-yo test involves shuttling over a 20-metre distance at increasing speeds, the 2km time trial has to be accomplished in 8 minutes and 15 seconds for fast bowlers, and 8 minutes and 30 seconds for the rest.
That’s pretty fast!
According to the Cricinfo website, the BCCI recently sent a list of about 25 players to the NCA, which has the authority to conduct the fitness tests.
The first batch of players travelled to Bengaluru in the first week of February to take the tests.
It is understood several of those players failed to pass the test of their choice at the first attempt. Some of the players switched from the time trial, which they had failed, to the yo-yo test.
Some of them, including Unadkat, Kishan and Siddharth Kaul, also posted a picture stating they had completed the yo-yo test.