Shreyas and Ishan should come back stronger after being out of central contract: Shastri

Shreyas and Ishan should come back stronger after being out of central contract: Shastri

New Delhi (Uttam Hindu News): Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has urged the pair of Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan to come back even stronger after being left out of the BCCI central contract list for the 2023/24 season. On Wednesday, Iyer and Kishan were not included in the 30-member BCCI central contract list that runs from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024. Last season, Iyer had a Grade B contract, while Kishan had a Grade C contract.

“In the game of cricket, comebacks define emotion. Chin-up, @ShreyasIyer15 and @IshanKishan51! Work hard, face challenges and come back even stronger. “Your past achievements speak volumes and I have no doubt that you will win once again,” Shastri wrote on Twitter.

Last year, Ishan was out of cricket action after pulling out of India’s Test against South Africa due to personal reasons. It was reported that he was training in Baroda and missed the entire Ranji Trophy campaign for Jharkhand. Recently, Ishaan has returned to action through the ongoing DY Patil T20 tournament in Navi Mumbai.

On the other hand, after being dropped from India’s Test squad for the last three Test matches against England, Shreyas reportedly missed Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda due to a back problem, while the NCA has reportedly Normally he was passed to be fit. Iyer has been named in Mumbai’s squad for the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu starting on March 2 at the BKC Ground.

“Please note that Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan have not been considered for annual contracts in this round of recommendations,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement while releasing the central contract list. “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.”

In a progressive move for Indian cricket, the Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee has recommended fast bowling contracts for Akash Deep, Umran Malik, Vijaykumar Vishak, Vidwath Kawarappa and Yash Dayal. Akash Deep made his Test debut in the fourth match of the ongoing series against England in Ranchi.

Shastri, a member of India’s 1983 men’s ODI World Cup-winning team, said, “Big kudos to @BCCI and @JayShah for the game-changing move with the ‘fast bowling’ contract. An important step in preparation for Down Under later this year. “The emphasis on Test cricket and domestic cricket is a powerful message, setting the right tone for the future of our beloved game.”

Apart from Shreyas and Ishan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Deepak Hooda and Yuzvendra Chahal have not found a place in the central contract list. Yashasvi Jaiswal, the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Test series against England, is a new addition to the central contract and finds himself in Grade B.

Rinku Singh, Tilak Verma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Jitesh Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Rajat Patidar are the other new players in the central contract list in Grade C.


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