IPL 2018: CSK not to make Yo-Yo test mandatory for players
Many of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams have taken a leaf out of BCCI’s book by making much-talked Yo-Yo test mandatory. While more franchises may look to conduct the test, Chennai Super Kings will not make it mandatory for their players.
Teams like Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab have already conducted the fitness test of respective players during the pre-season camp.
Stephen Fleming, Head Coach of CSK, confirmed that the team will not make Yo-Yo test compulsory.
“The Yo-Yo test? No. It’s very much personal fitness here. We have enough to do to control the players’ fitness. There are professionals who do their job, so that’s not the focus of the side. There is other stuff to concentrate on, in terms of the skill-sets and roles,” Fleming said.
Yo-yo test has become a mandatory barometer to be there in the Indian team. Fleming reiterated the camp has availed the services of veteran trainer from South Africa.
We have Gregory King from South Africa who is an outstanding trainer and the facilities that we use are top draw. We don’t try and up the ante or drop it down,” Fleming added.
The test was made compulsory just one-month after Ravi Shastri took over the job of Head Coach of the Indian team following the resignation of Anil Kumble.
It was the idea of captain Virat Kohli to make the test mandatory, which got support from the coach as well.
During the same time, Yuvraj Singh got dropped from the national side while Suresh Raina failed to make a comeback.
They both failed the test on a couple of occasions, which saw eventually them failing it to make it to the Indian team.
As soon as Raina cleared the test, he was rushed to the national side on basis of just a couple of good innings.
In addition, Yuvraj could have also made a comeback to the side had he performed well in domestic cricket.
The upcoming season of IPL will be an opportunity for him to do well and make a comeback. He has also cleared the yo-yo test.
The test is conducted on a timely basis by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), so as, to keep a check in fitness level of players.
Meanwhile, all the IPL teams have kicked off pre-season camp for the coming season.
Still, many of the foreign recruits are yet to join the team’s camp due to international commitments. However, all those players are expected to join their respective teams by April 5.
Chennai Super Kings will kick off their opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on April 7 at Wankhede.
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