Vivo IPL 2018: Teams Want Players to Clear The 'Yo-Yo Test' To Prove Fitness

The 'yo-yo test' is a general parameter to rate the fitness of cricketers worldwide'

Vivo IPL 2018: Teams Want Players to Clear The 'Yo-Yo Test' To Prove Fitness

Last year, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had made it mandatory for its players to clear the yo-yo endurance test. This is a general parameter to rate the fitness of cricketers worldwide. Now with the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting in a few days, some of the franchises are also making its players take the test.

According to reports, four out of the eight franchises have already made their players undergo the yo-yo test in the lead-up to the high-magnitude T20 cricket event.

Recently, Mumbai Indians conducted their yo-yo tests at a ground in the outskirts of Mumbai.

Other teams to have made it mandatory for their players to take the test are Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

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It is also learnt that Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings are yet to adopt the endurance test in their training schedules.

Mumbai Indians players were given 14.5 seconds to complete each level of the yo-yo test, starting from level 5.

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At RCB, players had to undergo the test as soon as they were picked in the auction, just to get their lung power tested. The reason for this is that the teams can design the training programmes accordingly.

The teams now want their players to match up to the standards adopted by international teams around the world. India now has made the yo-yo test mandatory, so it’s natural to see some of the IPL teams follow suit. It’s good to see where each player stands in terms of their fitness levels how much work the support staff needs to put in behind the scenes with them,” said one member of an IPL team.

What Is The Yo-Yo Test

The Yo-Yo Endurance Test (continuous) is a variation of the beep test, part of the yo-yo test series developed by the Danish soccer physiologist Jens Bangsbo. There are two versions of this test: Level 1 & 2 (a beginners and advanced level).

The level one test is effectively the same as the standard beep test. The Level 2 test starts at a higher running speed and has different increments in speed (see Yo-Yo Endurance Test Levels). There is also an intermittent version of the Yo-Yo test, which incorporates a recovery period after each 40m (2x20m) run.

The Vivo Indian Premier League kick starts on April 7, 2018, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on a returning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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