Lately, the Yo-Yo test taken up by the Indian team management to select players for the national team has drawn a lot of criticism. Recent fiasco regarding the selection of Ambati Rayudu who was one of the highest run-getters in the IPL but was not selected in the Indian squad for flunking the Yo-Yo test has prompted CoA chief Vinod Rai to question the BCCI over the test being the only selection parameter.
A senior BCCI officer known to the CoA commented, “Yes, the CoA chief is aware about the recent discussions. He hasn’t interfered till now as it was a technical matter. But in the coming week, he plans to get a holistic information from head of Cricket Operations Saba Karim.”
Further adding to the official said, “Mr Rai is aware about the Rayudu and Sanju Samson case. He knows that there are contrarian views about how much importance should be given to the test. It’s not decided but he might ask for a presentation from NCA trainers about this particular test.”
Other than the BCCI explanation, it is also expected that CoA chief will take the second opinion from experts and a committee comprising of veterans of repute. A source speaking on the same said, “It would be a more neutral view considering he (Rai) knows where the team management stands on this issue.”
Rai is not the only one questioning the Yo-Yo test being the only selection criteria. Aniruddh Chaudhry, the BCCI treasurer also wrote a six-page letter to the CoA asking how and when the test became the only fitness criteria for selection of players in the team.
“This raises serious questions about functioning of the selection process at the moment since a player who has done exceedingly well in the IPL against best of international bowling and thereafter attended NCA to work further on his strength and conditioning is selected and is then declared unfit and hence replaced,” Chaudhry has quoted in his letter.
He wrote, “I would therefore like to know more details about the fitness tests and weightage that is given to every component of the fitness test. I would also like to know who has devised such weightage and who all were involved in the decision-making process of the same.”
“It’s not a game of football where you are continuously running up and down for 90 minutes where your aerobic endurance is paramount. Here the batsman will run two or sometimes three. That too at intervals. And mind YoYo score doesn’t help in hitting sixes,” a former India player told PTI.