Proficient Indian Premier League (IPL) players including Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, and Ishan Kishan are among the six players who have failed to qualify the new ‘2-km run’ fitness test of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Other players who couldn’t clear the test include leg-spinning all-rounder Rahul Tewatia and seamers Jaydev Unadkat and Siddharth Kaul.
BCCI has introduced a new fitness test that includes a 2-km run and which was organized at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangaluru this week. The test requires a player to complete a two-kilometre distance in a time span of eight minutes and 30 seconds (for a batsman, wicket-keeper, and spinner) or eight minutes and 15 seconds (for a pacer).
All the players who underwent the test are prospects for the upcoming ODI and T20I home series against England. The players who manage to clear the second test have the chances to make the cut into the squad for the limited-overs series.
“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,” The Times of India quoted a top BCCI official as saying.
“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.
Stating the reason behind conducting the test, the official said, “Like, in the case of the yo-yo test, it will be mandatory. Kohli and Shastri are convinced about this criterion being set in stone.”