After Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer Skipped Ranji Trophy: NCA Says He Was Fit to Play


BCCI secretary had warned centrally-contracted players to make red-ball domestic cricket tournaments their priority

Vishal Singh Feb. 22, 2024

Shreyas Iyer was fit to play -

According to an Indian Express article, Indian cricket team batter Shreyas Iyer withdrew from the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals in Mumbai due to injury concerns; however, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has confirmed that he is not suffering from any "new injuries." According to an email in the report, selectors were informed that Iyer was 'fit' by NCA head of sports science and medicine Nitin Patel. Additionally, it claimed officials from the Mumbai Cricket Association stated that Iyer had given the excuse of back pain for missing Friday's Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Baroda.

Shreyas Iyer was fit and available for selection as per the handover report of the Indian team after the 2nd Test match against England. There are currently no fresh injuries reported as well after he departed from Team India
~Patel wrote in his email according to the report

Jay Shah warned every player strictly -

Before this, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah stated straightforwardly that all players under central contract must play red-ball cricket in the domestic league, and the management will not accept any form of justification.


Shah observed that all players must represent their state teams if called upon by the coach or captain while speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium renaming ceremony.

The announcement was made during the Ishan Kishan controversy and rumors that the BCCI had invited him to represent Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy but he didn't attend the match.

During the conversation, Shah brought up Kishan, but he swiftly clarified that the speech did not refer to him specifically and that all cricket players who do not play for their country will be subject to this restriction.

All contracted players have been told on phone and I'll be writing to them too. If chairman of selectors, coach & captain want you to play red-ball cricket then you gotta play. ‘Nakhre Nahi Chalenge' (no tantrums). And as far as Ishan Kishan is concerned, he is young, I am not saying this specifically about him as it will be applicable to all the players uniformly.
~Jay Shah told reporters
Everyone will have to play, otherwise, the chairman of the selection committee has given me his suggestions and I am going to give him a free hand to let him take his calls freely.
~he added

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