In recent weeks, there has been significant speculation over the places of certain players in the Team India squad; one of them, Ishan Kishan, has attracted a lot of attention. Ishan has been away from action since November last year and pulled out of the South Africa tour in the middle of next month, reportedly citing mental fatigue.
Last week, India head coach Rahul Dravid looked visually displeased with repeated questions about Ishan Kishan’s unavailability, stating that the player needs to play some cricket before returning to the national fold. A few days later, a report revealed that Ishan had returned to training alongside the Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, in Baroda.
Interestingly, the young wicketkeeper-batsman was not available for the Jharkhand team in the Ranji Trophy. Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan reacted to the development on his official Twitter profile earlier this week, stating that he was “perplexed” by the player’s unavailability, and it seems the board has also been made aware of the affair.
According to a report from Indian Times, The BCCI will issue a notice to all players to participate in the Ranji Trophy if they are not ‘injured’. The newspaper’s source further mentioned that some players are already in “IPL mode”, which is not appreciated by the board of directors.
“In the coming days, the BCCI will inform all players to play for their state team in the Ranji Trophy, provided they are not on national duty, and it will only be granted to those who are not fit and recovering in the NCA . an exemption. The Board is not very happy with certain players who are already in IPL mode since January,” the source said. TOI.
Unlike Ishan, Hardik is currently recovering after suffering an injury during a 2023 World Cup match against Bangladesh. He is expected to return to the Indian Premier League, where he will captain the Mumbai Indians.
India are currently engaged in a five-match Test series against England, which will be the national team’s last assignment before the T20 World Cup in June. Earlier this week, the board announced the squad for the remaining three Tests of the series, which saw Virat Kohli’s continued absence (personal reasons); However, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja returned to the team after injury absences in the second Test.