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Yo-Yo test controversy: BCCI secretary wants Team India to follow proper procedure

first_imgAmitabh Chaudhry, the BCCI Acting Secretary said the Indian team management needed to follow proper procedure the Yo-Yo tests if they were deemed so critical.Days ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were dropped after failing the Yo-Yo test.Shami was being tested for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Rayudu had returned to the Indian team after a successful IPL campaign for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.Virat Kohli, who had sustained a neck injury during the IPL, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Burah and other members of the team cleared the Yo-Yo test without any hurdle.However, the Yo-Yo test has not been without controversy. The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other ennd before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttes), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.Many experts feel Yo-Yo tests are not the best markers for fitness on a cricket field. Others feel there should be more transparency.Chaudhry said there should be a proper procedure in place for these tests.advertisement”I would only like to go as far as saying that if the Yo-Yo tests were such an integral part then they should have been done through a proper procedure. I think reservations are based on the fact that procedures have not been followed,” he said.Former India player Sandeep Patil recently slammed the team’s policies towards the Yo-Yo tests.”Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria,” Patil told Mid-day. “…But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer.”Patil, a former selector, found it bizarre that the eventual selection now lies in the hands of the trainer.last_img read more