To play for Team India, cricketers now have to pass the 'Yo-Yo test'
Failure to meet the mandatory fitness requirements would result in the player being omitted in favour of a fitter player, the BCCI has said.
It is now mandatory for members of the Indian cricket team to meet basic levels of aerobic endurance prescribed by the management, according to a report by The Indian Express.
Every cricketer, playing in any of the three formats, will now have to clear the "Yo-Yo test", a globally-recognised cardio drill for international athletes.
According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri, failure to meet the mandatory fitness requirements would result in the player being omitted in favour of a fitter player, even if he happens to be injury-free and in form.
Johri told the newspaper that the present set of players involved in the ongoing series against Australia had all cleared the 'Yo-Yo test'.
The players in contention for Sri Lanka's upcoming tour of India will travel to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to test their lung power.
What is a Yo-Yo Test?
The test requires players to pace themselves methodically. It starts with a small jog and eventually turns into a sprint. All this is done while shuttling between two rows of cones kept 20 metres apart.
Each run is timed with the three beeps which are played in the background. The three beeps stand for start, turn and finish. The timing between the beeps decreases constantly as the drill progresses.
The test ends in failure if the athlete is beaten twice by the beep. The final score is determined by the number of laps completed and with the speed gathered.
Grade 16.1 is the minimum standard set for an elite international sportsman.The Indian team had first introduced the Yo-Yo test in 2012. According to media reports, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh were previously omitted from the squad for failing to meet these new fitness parameters.