DEXA: BCCI introduces new selection criteria for Team India
The BCCI announced a major change in the selection criteria of players on 1st January.
To review the team's performance in 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Roger Binny and secretary Jay Shah met India captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid and chief selector Chetan Sharma on January 1.
The future of Indian cricket was discussed in the meeting, which was also attended by National Cricket Academy (NCA) director VVS Laxman.
The new criteria have been brought in to ensure the fitness of players before their selection as the team has been facing a serious injury crisis for the last one year.
The fitness of Indian cricketers has been a matter of concern with players like Deepak Chahar not playing regularly.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is also out for a long time due to a back injury.
What are the new selection criteria?
The new rule brought back the Yo-Yo test and made it mandatory for players to be selected for the national team.
Players must take a 'DEXA' before being selected for the Indian team across all formats.
Emerging players have to play enough domestic seasons to be eligible for selection in the national team.
What is a Yo-Yo test?
The Yo-Yo test is an aerobic endurance fitness test that involves running between markers placed 20 metres apart at increasing speed.
The test was introduced during Virat Kohli's tenure as India captain and initially the passing score was 16.1, which was increased to 16.5.
What is Dexa?
DEXA, also called 'bone density test', is an X-ray technique used to measure bone strength.
From this it can be ascertained whether there is any risk of breaking or losing bones of the test taker or whether a player is at risk of fracturing any part of the body.
It also helps measure body composition and record body fat and muscle mass.
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