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BCCI likely to punish Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer for skipping Ranji Trophy: Report

Srinagar: BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has made it clear that domestic event of Ranji Trophy should be priority for players not part of Team India and in that context star players like Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan are likley to face action from the Cricket Governing Body for skipping premier domestic event.

Amid Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar’s reluctance to participate in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, Shah had cautioned all India cricketers that ignoring domestic cricket could lead to “severe implications”.

However, with the players still turning a blind eye to the warning, a report on Friday said that both Ishan and Iyer are likely to lose their BCCI central contracts.

According to a report in The Times of India, the Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee of the BCCI have already picked a list of centrally contracted players for the 2023-24 season and the names of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer are absent.

“The selectors, led by Ajit Agarkar, has almost finalised the list of centrally contracted players for the 2023-24 season too, which the BCCI will announce soon. Kishan and Iyer are likely to be excluded from that list, as both haven’t been playing domestic cricket despite the BCCI’s diktat to do so,” a the newspaper quoted source.

Ishan last played for India in November 2023, in a T20I game against Australia at home.

Iyer, on the other hand, missed Mumbai’s last league game against Assam and was not in action in the quarterfinal match against Baroda on Friday.

According to a report in The Indian Express on Thursday, the middle-order batter informed Mumbai Cricket Association that he was unavailable for selection due to a back injury.
However, National Cricket Academy (NCA) head of sports science and medicine, Nitin Patel, in an email to the MCA selectors, declared Iyer was ‘fit’.

“Shreyas Iyer was fit and available for selection as per the handover report of the Indian team after the 2nd Test match against England. There are currently no fresh injuries reported as well after his departure from Team India,” Patel wrote in the email.

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