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Shreyash Iyer And Ishan Kishan Are Out Of BCCI Central Contract

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The BCCI has ended the core contracts of Indian cricket players Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan in a significant move. The Senior Men’s Team India Annual Player Contracts for the 2023–24 season (October 1, 2023–September 30, 2024) were released by BCCI on Wednesday.

“In this round of recommendations, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were not taken into consideration for the annual contracts,” the BCCI stated in a statement on Wednesday.

This happened after BCCI Secretary Jay Shah slapped players with a fine for missing matches in the domestic circuit.

“I’m going to write letters as well as tell them (the players) that if your captain, coach, and chairman of selectors ask for it, then you will have to play red-ball cricket,” Shah had stated at an event in Rajkot.

Whenever they are not playing for the Indian side, BCCI has advised all players to prioritize playing domestic cricket.


Ishan didn’t play in a Twenty20 International for India until November 2023, and he didn’t play in a competition until Tuesday, when he participated in the DY Patil T20 Cup in Mumbai.

He had withdrawn from the India team for their five-match Twenty20 International series against Australia following the ODI World Cup in order to relax, but he later took a plane to South Africa for the tour’s white-ball portion in December.

Before leaving for home, the wicketkeeper-batter didn’t play in any games in South Africa and didn’t play in India’s three-match T20I series against Afghanistan at home. Additionally, he was not selected for the current five-Test series against England.

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Ishan didn’t play in Jharkhand’s Ranji Trophy campaign despite missing months of international cricket action. Instead, he opted to build on his fitness by training with Hardik Pandya in Baroda.

Iyer, on the other hand, has been a consistent player in all formats and was included in the first two Test matches in the England series before being left out. Mumbai advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Baroda in their quarterfinal match. He did not participate.

Iyer was included in their 16-man roster on Tuesday, though, for their semi-final matchup with Tamil Nadu, which is scheduled to begin in the first week of March.

Grade A+ (Four Players): Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja.

Grade A (Six Players): R Ashwin, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya.

Grade B (Five Players): Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Grade C (15 Players): Rinku Singh, Tilak Verma, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dube, Ravi Bishnoi, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Mukesh Kumar, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, KS Bharat, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Rajat Patidar.

Overall, players who fulfill the requirements of participating in at least three Test matches, eight ODIs, or ten Twenty20 matches during the allotted time will be automatically added to Grade C on a pro rata basis.

For instance, if Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan play in the Dharamsala Test Match, which is the fifth Test of the current series against England, after having played two Test matches already, they will be admitted into Grade C.

Fast Bowling contracts have also been proposed by the selection committee. This list includes Vidwath Kaverappa, Umran Malik, Yash Dayal, Vijaykumar Vyshak, and Akash Deep.

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