Over the past few weeks, speculation has swirled around the status of specific players in Team India’s squad, with Ishan Kishan being a focal point of attention. Ishan has been absent from action since November last year and withdrew from the South Africa tour mid-way next month, reportedly citing mental fatigue.
Head coach Rahul Dravid expressed his displeasure with repeated questions regarding Ishan Kishan’s unavailability, emphasizing the need for the player to regain match fitness before returning to the national fold. Despite this, Ishan has been spotted returning to training alongside Hardik and Krunal Pandya in Baroda, raising questions about his commitment to domestic cricket.
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BCCI’s Notice to Players: Participation in Ranji Trophy Mandatory
In response to players like Ishan Kishan allegedly prioritizing franchise cricket over domestic matches, the BCCI is reportedly set to issue a notice mandating players to participate in the Ranji Trophy unless injured. According to sources, some players have already adopted an “IPL mode,” which is frowned upon by the board.
The BCCI aims to ensure that all players are actively involved in domestic cricket unless they recover from injuries at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). This move reflects the board’s commitment to promoting the importance of domestic competitions in nurturing talent and maintaining player fitness.
Ishan Kishan’s Absence and Speculations Surrounding Him
Ishan Kishan’s prolonged absence from competitive cricket has led to various speculations about his current situation. While some rumors suggested disciplinary issues, coach Rahul Dravid clarified that no such concern existed.
However, Ishan’s reluctance to participate in Ranji Trophy matches and his focus on training with the Pandya brothers for the upcoming IPL season have raised eyebrows. With Ishan and Hardik set to represent the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024, questions arise about Ishan’s priorities and dedication to national duty.
Despite assurances from the coach about a potential return, Ishan’s actions have fueled ongoing uncertainties regarding his future in the national team.