Why Kishan and Iyer missed out on BCCI contract?

Why Kishan and Iyer missed out on BCCI contract?

Why Kishan and Iyer missed out on BCCI

While his abilities were not questioned, it is understood that his decision to make himself practically unavailable for India has not gone down well with the selectors.

Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were not considered for the BCCI’s annual retainers because they had practically made themselves unavailable to play for India.


Kishan had taken a break from cricket due to personal reasons during the South Africa tour and earlier this week DY Patil returned to the field from the T20 tournament. Iyer was declared fit by the NCA ahead of selection for the second half of the ongoing Test series, but he did not appear for India or Mumbai in the week that followed.

The BCCI release announcing the contracts ended with an unsurprising information: “The BCCI has recommended that all athletes give priority to participating in domestic cricket during the period when they are not representing the national team.”

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Two weeks ago, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had written a letter to centrally contracted players asking them not to prioritize IPL over domestic cricket and national duties. The letter warned him of “serious implications”.

Even India captain Rohit Sharma, in his press conference after the Ranchi Test on Sunday, said that players who show “hunger” for Test cricket will be given priority going forward. He said that he realized that Test cricket is a tough format, which needs players who can show the required hunger.

When Kishan was not selected for the Test against England, India coach Rahul Dravid said that he had not made himself available yet, and would have to play some form of domestic cricket to be eligible for a comeback. ESPNcricinfo understands that the team management has approached him during the ongoing Test series against England, but Kishan said he is not ready yet. In his absence, Dhruv Jurel made his debut and won the player-of-the-match award in his second Test.

It seems that Iyer’s absence disagrees with the fitness assessment conducted by the NCA. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Iyer expressed discomfort in his back while playing long innings after the second Test, but the medical staff cleared him of any injuries. When Iyer was dropped from the third and fourth Tests, the BCCI did not give any reason. When he did not turn up for Mumbai in next week’s Ranji Trophy match, Mumbai Cricket Association sources said he had back spasms.

Shreyas Iyer expressed discomfort with his back after the second Test against England•AFP/Getty Images
ESPNcricinfo has learned that the selectors, who make recommendations for contracts, were not happy that Kishan had used this time away from the game to train with his IPL captain Hardik Pandya in Baroda, and Iyer in Kolkata. Was in the pre-season camp of Knight Riders. When he missed the match for Mumbai. After this, Iyer has declared himself available for Mumbai’s semi-final match in Ranji Trophy.

“The selectors have no doubts about his ability,” a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. “But if the NCA is saying that you are fit and you are not making yourself available for the Test series, then how can the BCCI give you a contract?


“After the IPL, if they are selected and meet the criteria of the number of matches required for a prorated contract, they will be awarded a contract.”

There is no doubt on the ability of Iyer and Kishan. In fact, India waited until the last possible moment before the ODI World Cup to give Iyer every chance to regain full fitness. Kishan is an ODI double-centurion who was India’s Test wicketkeeper in the absence of Rishabh Pant until KL Rahul was selected as the wicketkeeper for the South Africa tour. Even though Kishan had reasons to believe that Rahul might have been preferred in the Tests in South Africa, in such a situation he decided to focus on his personal matters, refusing to play for Jharkhand but for the IPL. The selectors did not like the preparation. ,

This was perhaps the “serious implication” that Shah warned players about in the letter, in which he also wrote that it was unprecedented for players to prioritize the IPL over domestic cricket. Now it seems that BCCI has given a concrete statement to resolve this conflict.

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