Following the BCCI diktat, Indian Premier League (IPL) teams now want their players to clear the dreaded Yo-Yo test. Ahead of IPL 2018, at least four out of eight teams have already adopted the test with Mumbai Indians leading the way.
According to a report in a leading daily, Mumbai Indians were the first to conclude their yo-yo tests at a cricket ground in the outskirts of Mumbai.
Similarly, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are conducting the tests and it is further learnt that the franchises want each of the player to meet the required standard of fitness. In case a player fails to clear the Yo-Yo test, he has to make way for a fitter player, irrespective of his present form and stature.
It is further reported that at RCB, soon after the auction some of the players had to do undergo the Yo-Yo test and get their lung power tested.
However, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings haven’t made it mandatory and have stuck to their previous fitness tests.
"The teams now want their players to match up to the standards adopted by international teams around the world. India now has made the yo-yo test mandatory, so it’s natural to see some of the IPL teams follow suit. It’s good to see where each player stands in terms of their fitness levels how much work the support staff needs to put in behind the scenes with them," a member of an IPL team told the daily.