6 Indian players fail to pass BCCI’s new fitness test
BCCI have been conducting fitness tests every now and then to ascertain the fitness levels of players. The team management wants the players to stay fit such that they can give good performances on the field. No matter who the player is, one has to clear the fitness test to be in the team.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma game some weight in the lockdown and since he was unfit, BCCI didn’t name in the limited-overs squad against Australia. Rohit worked extremely hard on his fitness and reduced weight at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
After which, he was declared fit by the BCCI medical team where the stalwart took part in the third and fourth Test. India’s governing body has now introduced a new 2-km fitness test to ascertain players’ endurance.
6 players fail to pass the test
If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tewatia, Nitish Rana, Siddarth Kaul and Jaydev Unadkat failed to pass the test. BCCI introduced the test this week at the NCA in Bengaluru.
The players, who failed to pass the test will be getting one more chance to make a case. If they fail to clear, then their participation in the forthcoming limited-overs series against England will In case they couldn’t pass, then their participation in the upcoming ODIs and T20Is against England will be in doubt.
It is said that as many as 20 players took part in the new fitness test. “Since this is a new type of a fitness test, they will all get a second chance to clear it at a fresh date, after some gap. However, if they fail to clear it, then it puts their selection for the forthcoming white-ball series comprising five T20Is and three ODIs against England at home in doubt,” a source told to TOI.
The richest cricket body is aware of the hectic cricket schedule for Virat Kohli & Co in the coming months. Keeping that in mind, BCCI wants the players to be fit.
“A few fitness tests were conducted for around 20-odd cricketers who are in the reckoning for the limited-overs series against England at home, and for the T20 World Cup in India later this year. Among these tests was the now-famous yo-yo test and the new ‘2km run’ fitness test.
“In this test, a batsman, wicketkeeper, or a spinner has to complete the two-kilometre distance in eight minutes and 30 seconds, while for a fast bowler, the benchmark is eight minutes and 15 seconds. Six of the players failed to clear these tests. Some players barely managed to complete the run,” the source added.