Yo-Yo test! And before you make any speculation that it is some Honey Singh song test then you are wrong. It is a test belongs to a popular game of India, Cricket. With the change in time, there is a change in selection procedure too. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now made basic fitness a mandatory requirement for playing for India.
Yes, you guessed it right! Yo-Yo is a fitness test that cricketers have to pass regardless of form and format. Even those who are injury-free will also be not spared. This test is mandatory for all. The test came into light when during a series Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were not picked for India after failing this endurance test.
Yo-Yo test is a variation of the beep test developed by Danish soccer physiologist Jens Bangsbo. It tests the aerobic endurance fitness of an individual. The cardio drill consists of 2 levels: the first one for the beginners, and level two for advanced athletes. During the first level of fitness test – two cones are placed at the distance of 20 meters. The athlete has to run between the cones when the beep goes off. The pace of the beep gets faster after one minute and if the players fail to reach the line in time, he or she is expected to catch up within two more beeps. The test is ceased if the player fails to catch up with the pace of the beeps.
BCCI has kept 16.1 as the par score to pass the test, which is the minimum standard for an elite athlete. The whole process is monitored through software.