The Indian Cricket Board's (BCCI) mandatory Yo-Yo Test is surrounded by debates and controversies in recent times which doesn't really seem to end any sooner.
This fitness test has affected talented and in-form players likes of Ambatai Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson and Mohammed Shami to lose their spot in the Indian squad after failing to cross the fitness scores 16.1.
Since their exclusion, a serious debate has started in the country with some cricket legends opposing the Fitness Test scores and some not happy with its criteria to find a player competent to play at international level. The BCCI was also heavily criticised for making it compulsory for the players to cross the new benchmark of 16.1 to see themselves at International cricket.
Recently former Indian spinner, EAS Prasanna, has expressed his views on the famous Yo-Yo Test, saying BCCI is not doing fair with national cricketers by making them compulsory to pass the fitness test.
Prasanna told International Business Times, “Yo-yo test is more applicable for games like badminton, tennis, basketball and other short games. For a lengthy game like cricket, I don’t think yo-yo test is required. What is required is endurance test because a player must last four to five days (Test cricket) at the highest efficiency. That is what the test should be, in my opinion.”
Prasanna signed off by saying, “I think, people who have been discarded on yo-yo tests, it is unfair for the players. Longevity of players in Test cricket should be tested. What is most important is that if someone can last long. In yo-yo test, nobody can say he is fit or not fit.”