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BCCI has taken the right decision on Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer: Sourav Ganguly

Written by Rohit Pawar

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has taken the right decision by terminating the central contracts of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. The two players were not included in BCCI’s latest contract retention list for 2024.

In a massive call, BCCI excluded Iyer and Kishan from the annual retention contract list despite both of them featuring in India’s ODI World Cup campaign last year. Kishan last played for India in November 2023 while Iyer turned up for the national side in their second Test against England in Vizag.

Speaking to Revsports, Ganguly said BCCI’s decision on Kishan and Iyer was correct, insisting that contracted players are expected to play. Iyer was part of the Grade B contract while Kishan was in the Grade C list last season.

“BCCI wants them to play first-class cricket. I am suprised that Shreyas and Ishan haven’t played Ranji Trophy, a premier tournament. It’s a decision by the BCCI and what they was right. But, players must play first-class cricket,” said Ganguly.

“That’s wrong. You are supposed to play first-class cricket. Once you are a contracted player, you are expected to play. Shreyas Iyer is set to play for Bombay in the semi-final in a couple of day’s time,” Ganguly added.

“They are young people. Ishan Kishan has surprised me. They are part of the Indian team in all formats, and also have such a big contract in the IPL. So I don’t know why he has done that,” Ganguly said.

“You must play, especially when you are as gifted as Ishan Kishan. When you are playing for India in all-formats, you must play. Yeah, BCCI has taken a strong stance and rightfully so. When you are contracted, you have to abide by the rules,” Ganguly added.

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