Windies players must pass Yo-Yo test to make World Cup squad

By January 09, 2019
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

Windies players hoping to gain selection for the regional team will have to meet a new fitness benchmark set by Cricket West Indies (CWI).

In a bid to match international standards, players will now be subject to the Yo-Yo Endurance Test.  The move follows the recommendation of the board’s sports medicine and science team.

The test consists of a commonly used endurance metric method developed in Denmark by football physiologist, Dr. Jens Bangsbo.  The test evaluates an individual's aerobic endurance fitness. 

Grave, who explained that the implementation of the test was geared towards overall performance improvement, explained that it would have an immediate impact on player selection.

“Player fitness at elite international level is a key ingredient of successful teams. To maintain and improve fitness standards, the CWI Board has now set a benchmark standard that is tied to eligibility for selection, using the Yo-Yo Endurance Test following the recommendation of our Sports Medicine & Science team,” said Grave.

“It has also mandated that this benchmark must be achieved for players to be eligible for selection to the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales. The CWI Board has also agreed that any exceptions would be subject to its approval through its medical panel.”

Kwesi Mugisa

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