Concerns Arise Over Exclusion of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from BCCI Central Contracts


Divergent Paths Away from Domestic Arena

Amidst their absence from international fixtures, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan find themselves detached from the Ranji Trophy for distinct reasons. While Kishan dedicates his efforts to refining his technique ahead of the anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season, Iyer grapples with a lingering back spasm issue. However, the apparent dissatisfaction from the upper echelons of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) casts a shadow over the prospects of both players securing spots on the upcoming central contracts list.

Exclusion Looms for Promising Duo

According to a report in the Times of India, the upcoming 2023-24 season’s list of centrally contracted players is likely to exclude both Iyer and Kishan. Their conspicuous absence from domestic cricket activities, despite the BCCI’s directives, stands as the primary rationale behind this potential decision.

The selectors, under the leadership of Ajit Agarkar, have nearly finalized a roster of centrally contracted players for the forthcoming season, slated for imminent announcement by the BCCI.

Given Kishan and Iyer’s non-participation in domestic cricket, contrary to the BCCI’s directives, they are anticipated to be left out from the roster,

disclosed a source to the paper.

Challenges Faced by Shreyas Iyer

A source closely associated with Iyer revealed that the middle-order batsman missed out on featuring in the last three Tests against England due to a persisting back issue.

Iyer’s exclusion from the Indian squad for the final three Tests was a precautionary measure, following complaints of a back ailment. Patel’s correspondence with the BCCI regarding this matter was initiated post the second Test against England. Since then, Iyer has been grappling with a back problem,

the source elaborated.

Despite his intermittent appearances in the Ranji Trophy, Iyer’s stellar performance at the ODI World Cup last year shouldn’t be disregarded when assessing his contract status,

the source emphasized.

Previous Contractual Arrangements

In the 2022-23 central contracts, Ishan Kishan was categorized under the C bracket, while Shreyas Iyer held a position in the B category, commanding salaries of Rs 1 crore and 3 crores respectively.

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