The yo-yo test is again in news. Recently, Indian players Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu failed the fitness endurance and recovery test and now find themselves out of the India A and India squads, after being actually named in respective sides for the tour of England. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami too, failed the yo-yo test but he wasn't part of India's limited overs squad for the early part of July.
Few things that are to be taken note here, is that Indian Cricket is finally making fitness non-negotiable. India's yo-yo test par number for success is 16.1, which is lower than not only Australia and New Zealand but also Pakistan. Indian Cricket is richer for such a move, for it helps solve a deeper issue. But, the fact that Rayudu and Samson were told about their yo-yo test date after being actually selected, shouldn't go unnoticed.
India's squads, for the A as well as senior series, were picked on May 8 when the IPL was going on and the likes of Shami, Rayudu and Samson were told at the time that yo-yo test will take place in June.
Recently, a BCCI official was quoted saying, "Anyone who does gym work every day would clear the 16.1 score. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s a high of 19 and Pakistan has set a starting score of 17,"
“These are policy matters that cannot be taken independently of the BCCI. No one is against the players being asked to reach a high standard of fitness. But it’s obligatory of the BCCI to tell its members about the Yo-Yo tests before the start of the cricket season"
"The States will put in place a system for its Ranji Trophy teams and the cricketers will be better prepared. The Yo-Yo test scores of all the players have to be displayed on the BCCI website."
Clearly, there is a mistake in execution. The players should go through the yo-yo test before being selected in the team, not after it.
(Inputs from The Hindu)