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Sandeep Patil terms yo-yo test as ‘absurd’

Questions have been raised surrounding the viability of the test.

Sandeep Patil India
Sandeep Patil during a press conference. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The yo-yo test conundrum has landed a number of players in an unwanted loop thus far. It’s a selection criterion for players where they need to breach the 16.1 mark out of 25 in order to stay put in their position. However, the same hasn’t been something joyful for the cricketers as a few of them Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson and Ambati Rayudu has had to face the wrath of eviction.

Yesterday, Rohit Sharma took the test with Ajinkya Rahane as the backup and passed the same with flying colors. The test was included as a compulsory criterion by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to imbibe the culture of fitness inside the dressing room. However, questions have been raised surrounding the viability of the test.

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“Has the trainer become a selector?”- Sandeep Patil

Recently, Sandeep Patil, the former BCCI selector, has criticized the manner in which the test is being used. “Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria. .But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer,” Patil was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

“The toughest competition is T20 cricket and throughout the tournament (Indian Premier League) the players have not suffered any problems. Suddenly, they are out. What I also find absurd and wrong is that the trainer will decide on these matters. Has the trainer become a selector?” the 61-added while talking about the matter.

The India A team is presently in England and they drafted in Ishan Kishan as a replacement for Samson, who faltered in the exam. The senior team will also play a full-fledged T20I, ODI and Test series against the Englishmen which starts next month. The limited-overs squads were announced earlier while the Test team is yet to be put forth.

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