Indian team management furious over BCCI’s politics concerning Yo-Yo test

Players need to clear the Yo-Yo test with a qualifying mark of 16.1 or better to break into the India side.

A player ought to clock 16.1 in Yo-Yo test to be eligible for India selection | PTI

The clash of opinions among the BCCI office-bearers isn’t something new and now the news has emerged out that the board officials are not on the same page regarding Yo-Yo endurance test.

As per the reports in TOI, the operations team of the BCCI, led by general manager Saba Karim, has been summoned by CEO Rahul Johri in Mumbai on Monday (June 25) morning to deliberate upon the viability of Yo-Yo test that have been compulsorily conducted for all Team India cricketers over the last one year.

In a one-line e-mail on Sunday (June 24), Johri has asked the operations team to draft a response to BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry's email to Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). On Saturday (June 23), Chaudhry had written a mail to CoA seeking clarification about the practicality of Yo-Yo test.

Amidst the board politics and the brouhaha over Yo-Yo fitness test, Indian team management seemed to be furious.  

"Individuals who have nothing to do with cricket are busy interfering in team affairs. Saba Karim is not telling the entire truth. His remit is to stick to domestic cricket and women's cricket, not the Indian men's team. Instead, Karim is busy leaking stories to the media about what happens in the dressing room. For starters, he needs to confirm if his KRA (job profile) involves interfering in Team India affairs?" the Indian team management quoted as saying by TOI.

Team India sources categorically say all the ruckus over Yo-Yo test is rather disappointing.

"The idea of Yo-Yo tests is not an overnight thing. It's been designed keeping all relevant officials in the loop. It's not a one-off either. If there are ideas from former cricketers to improve upon it, then fine. But why politicize the whole thing? If there are any questions that need to be asked, let them be with skipper Virat Kohli. Why play politics when the team is not here and is away on an important tour?" the Indian team management concluded.

(With inputs from TOI)


By Salman Anjum - 25 Jun, 2018

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