Ishan Kishan speaks out after Ranji Trophy absence despite BCCI mandate

Star Indian batter Ishan Kishan finds himself embroiled in controversy as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issues a stern warning against players missing out on the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. The BCCI has highlighted the significance of participating in domestic red-ball cricket and threatened strict action against those prioritizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) over Indian domestic tournaments.

In a letter addressed to centrally contracted players, BCCI secretary Jay Shah expressed concern over the trend of players favoring IPL preparation over domestic cricket. Shah emphasized the pivotal role of domestic cricket as the foundation of Indian cricket and stressed its importance in the selection process for the national team.


Recent reports indicate that Ishan Kishan, who was captured training with Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya ahead of IPL 2024, has opted out of the Ranji Trophy. Allegedly, Kishan cited a focus on specific technical aspects of his game and feeling unprepared for red-ball cricket as reasons for his absence. Instead, he intends to participate in the DY Patil T20 tournament, sparking a debate about his commitment to the longer format.

As the BCCI intensifies its stance on domestic cricket participation, Kishan’s decision raises questions about player priorities and dedication to representing India across all formats. Stay tuned for further developments on this contentious issue.