Rahul Dravid feels that the Yo-Yo test should not be made mandatory to the junior cricketers.(Photo: AP / PTI)
Mumbai: Former Team India captain and current India Under-19 head coach Rahul Dravid feels that the Yo-Yo test should not be made mandatory to the junior cricket.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 9 had declared that passing the Yo-Yo test was mandatory for any Indian cricketer.
Yuvraj and and Suresh Raina had reportedy failed to pass the Yo-Yo Test and could not find a place in the Indian side.
However, Cheteshwar Pujara and recently-retired pacer Ashish Nehra were few of the cricketers who had passed the Yo-Yo test and were declared fit.
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"The Indian team trainer had thrown the idea of having Yo-Yo test for India under-19 team but Dravid made it clear that it should not be needed for junior cricket. At this age, players should improve their skills.
"Fitness is important but if he can score runs and take wickets, that should be the parameter of selecting a player," The Indian Express had quoted a source saying at the National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru.
Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO, had also earlier stated about the test.
"The captain, coach and chief selector, along with the other members of the selection committee in consultation with the support staff (trainer and physio), have set the parameters. The fitness parameters set by the team management for athletes to be eligible for selection are non-negotiable," he had said.