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Reports : BCCI’s Yo-Yo test benchmark lowest among all nations

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According to reports, the 16.1 score prescribed by the BCCI for the mandatory Yo-Yo test is the lowest among the top teams of world cricket. England and New Zealand have set the cut-off at 19, South African has set it at 18.5, Sri Lankans have it at 17.4 while Pakistan too has it at 17.4.

All the criticism over the Yo-Yo test for the Team India players would fall flat if one were to look at the pass marks of other teams. The score prescribed by the Indian team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been the lowest among the top teams of world cricket. Even the Pakistan team that has not been a great ambassador of fitness standards, has kept a very high benchmark.

Mirror had tried to find out the minimum marks of most teams and has reported that England and New Zealand have 19 as much as Australia had set for their players before discontinuing it about four years ago. For the South African players, it has been 18.5, for Sri Lankan and Pakistan it has been 17.4.

“We’ve taken it to 17.4,” confirmed Mickey Arthur while talking to Mirror from Lahore.  

Confirmation was provided by the England team too with its spokesperson stating that the minimum score on the Yo-Yo test for the players has been 19. A spokesperson for the South Africa team refused to disclose the number stating that they have different qualifying scores for different players. 

“There is no standard pass mark. Each player is given/sets their own personal benchmark that they have to pass. It is definitely higher than 16 though,” the spokesperson said. However, the paper reported that the cut-off score for South Africa has been 18.5.

Cricket Australia has discontinued the Yo-Yo test some four years ago but prior to that, the score was 19 in the test. 

“We stopped using the Yo-Yo 4-5 years ago. It was not considered a reliable enough measure for what we wanted. We use the 2 kilometre time trial these days,” said Greg Chappell, adding that 19 was the minimum mark before the test was discontinued.

“The Team India management has fixed the minimalist benchmark for the test so that the players have minimum standards of fitness,” said a BCCI source in direct the knowledge of the test, “After scoring a century, the player has to be in a position to run three. How do we know that? The Yo-Yo score may be an indication to that. Currently, we have 16.1. At some stage, we may increase it to 16.3.” 

Earlier, Sanju Samson, Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu failed to clear the Yo-Yo test. However, it has not been the same case for everyone. Virat Kohli has, of course, raised the bar in fitness to a new level while some youngsters have also clocked 19 in the Yo-Yo.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma cleared the Yo-Yo test in Bangalore yesterday. There was intense speculation over his low Yo-Yo marks, BCCI sources have told Mirror that the white ball opener has cleared the test and would be on the flight to Ireland and England. The team would leave on June 23 from Delhi.

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