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Why Did Ishan Kishan Miss Ranji Trophy Match Even after BCCI Directive?

By Rohit - February 16, 2024 - Last updated on Feb 16, 2024 07:03 PM
Why Did Ishan Kishan Miss Ranji Trophy Match Even after BCCI Directive?

Image Source: Twitter/ Ishan Kishan playing a shot

Ishan Kishan misses the final round of Ranji Trophy - Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batter absent.

Jharkhand are playing Rajasthan in Jamshedpur and even Deepak Chahar, who is currently training with the Chennai Super Kings, skipped the last round Ranji game. It is learned that Kishan was asked by a senior member of the Indian team think-tank to play Ranji Trophy in order to make a comeback to the Test team but the flamboyant keeper-batter has reportedly said he was "working on certain technical aspects" of his game and was not ready for red-ball cricket.

The 25-year-old from Patna, who is currently training with his Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya in Baroda, is set to make a comeback to competitive cricket for his employer Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai's DY Patil T20 tournament.

Recently, BCCI secretary Jay Shah was asked about centrally contracted players missing domestic tournaments. Shah said he would send a directive that all fit centrally contracted players needed to make themselves available for selection in domestic cricket.

"If you are fit then no excuse will be entertained," he said. "This applies to all centrally contracted players, they have to play. The player cannot decide his future, the selectors need to decide that. If the player is good in red-ball, he has to play."

In the absence of Kishan, Kumar Kushagra continued doing wicketkeeping duties for Jharkhand. Jharkhand, who have only one win and ten points from six matches so far, are playing Rajasthan at home.

Kishan, who had asked for a break midway through India's South Africa tour, has been training in Baroda with his new Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya.

Mumbai, Iyer's domestic team, has already qualified for the quarter-final. They are playing their last league match against Assam, also at home.

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