The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced time trial test, a new fitness drill for the Indian team. Players would need to clear the test alongside the existing Yo-Yo test.
The introduction of Yo-Yo test helped the team shape players for the future, and now the has introduced another test to help the team scale bigger heights.
Other than the Yo-Yo test that has been happening for a few years, the players eyeing a spot in the Indian national team now have to clear another speed and endurance test over a distance of 2 km, a time trial test.
As per a report in The Indian Express, the benchmark for fast bowlers would be 8 minutes and 15 seconds while for batsmen, spinners and wicket-keepers, it would be 8 minutes and 30 seconds. The new test doesn’t replace the existing Yo-Yo test but comes as the second fitness assessment that the players would now have to clear.
“The Board felt that the current fitness standard played a huge role in getting our fitness to the next level. It is important to take our fitness level to another level now,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the paper.
All the BCCI contracted players have already been informed about the new test and the passing criteria after it got the necessary approval from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah. The said tests will be carried out in February, June and August/September.
The players who were a part of the Test series in Australia have been exempted from undergoing the test in February but those who will be selected for the limited-overs series would be required to clear the test.