The BCCI decided to drop Indian players from the team on failing yo-yo test. Earlier, this test was considered as an individual parameter to test the fitness of the players by a physical trainer. This test will be taken by the players this weekend ahead of the one and only test against Afghanistan on 14th June at Bangalore.
The yo-yo test was scheduled to be taken by the players who were about to play for the series against UK and Ireland. This test was declared as the mandatory one for the players who were selected for national squads also by the coach Ravi Shastri. Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were dropped out of the team earlier for not getting through this test last year.
This decision was trolled as the players like Virender Sehwag, Inzamam Ul Haq, and Arjun Ranatunga performed very well on the international grounds despite lower fitness levels. This test was intended to assess the athletic capabilities of the players and some felt that this test was not taken as a parameter to decide the capacity of the players. However, this decision was supported by the experts because the T20 format takes every minute mistake as the things that decide the result of the game and nothing can be ignored that impacts the quality of the game.
For instance, when it comes to the last T20 match against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the Afghans won the game due to age factor and better athletic abilities than the latter team. Hence, yo-yo test can be considered as the mandatory one to select a player into national and international squads, according to the BCCI and sports experts. Sanju Samson failed the yo-yo test recently and was out of the squad for the single test match against Afghanistan. Everything has its pros and cons but yo-yo test cannot be considered as the decisive one to assess the potential of a cricketer.