The BCCI took the decision in a high-profile review meeting in Mumbai. The meeting, which was pending since India’s semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup in November, finally took place in the presence of BCCI president Roger Binny, honorary secretary Jay Shah, captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid, NCA chief VVS Laxman and selector Chetan Sharma.
“The Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will now be part of selection criteria and implemented in the customized roadmaps of the central pool of players,” the BCCI said in a statement.
The Yo-Yo test is an aerobic endurance fitness test which involves running between markers placed 20 metres apart at increasing speeds. The test was introduced during Virat Kohli’s tenure as India captain and the passing score initially was 16.1 before it was increased to 16.5.
The issues of player availability, workload management and fitness parameters were also discussed during the meeting along with the roadmap to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in India in October and November.
It was also decided that emerging players will be required to play a ‘substantial domestic season’ to be eligible for national selection.
“The emerging players will have to play a substantial domestic season to be eligible for selection to the national team,” the statement read.
The board also said that the National Cricket Academy will work with teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to monitor the targeted Indian players participating in the Twenty20 league this year.
“Keeping in mind the Men’s FTP and preparations for ICC CWC 2023, the NCA will work in tandem with the IPL Franchise to monitor the targeted Indian players participating in the IPL 2023,” the statement further added.
The fitness of the Indian cricketers has been a matter of concern with the likes of Deepak Chahar breaking down regularly. Premier pacer Jaspirt Bumrah, too, has been out of action for a long time due to a back injury.
(With inputs from agencies)