Ishan Kishan To Receive 'Indirect Warning' From BCCI For 'Prioritising' IPL - Reports
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The BCCI is set to issue an indirect warning to curious absentee Ishan Kishan not to ignore domestic playing duties for Jharkhand while being unavailable for international action during the Test series against England, according to a report in the Times of India.
The message is loud and clear: prioritise domestic cricket before entering the Indian Premier League (IPL) mode. Kishan would be one of the players to whom the directive could be issued, as the youngster is understood to be training in Baroda for IPL 2024 with Mumbai Indians (MI) but giving Ranji Trophy a cold shoulder.
The directive will be sent to all the registered Indian players, including the "established" ones, who won't be exempted in the matter since the BCCI seriously wants to protect the primacy of the senior domestic game and will not take it easy if any cricketer, unless injured and recovering, doesn't play the Ranji Trophy.
BCCI To Send Ishan Kishan Warning
"In the next few days, all the players will be communicated by the BCCI to play for their state team in the Ranji Trophy, as long as they are not on national duty, with only those who are unfit and recovering at the NCA being granted an exemption," a BCCI source privy to the developments told TOI.
Kishan has been out of action since mid-December due to "personal reasons". It was initially reported the cricketer is undergoing mental fatigue after being constantly on the road but then his training clips and the recent update that he is practicing with his MI skipper Hardik Pandya have only fuelled the speculations of a rift with the team management.
On his part, coach Rahul Dravid said in his media interaction following the second Test in Vizag that Kishan needs to first make himself available and then play some form of cricket for the selectors and the management to take a call on him.