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BCCI Retained Player List: Iyer and Kishan were dropped from Team India’s senior men’s central contract

BCCI unveils central contracts for 2023-24, focus on anticipated releases of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer.

BCCI Retained Player List
BCCI revealed 2023-24 central contracts on Wednesday for the cricket season. (Photo: BCCI)

Eyes on Kishan and Iyer’s Release

For cricket lovers BCCI Retained Player List, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday announced the central contracts for the 2023-24 season, which mainly featured Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer, two promising names of Indian cricket who are expected to be released this season.

“Please note that Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan have not been included for annual contracts in this round of recommendations,” the BCCI clarified in its statement. The decision was taken after a number of incidents including Iyer’s participation in the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and Kishan pulling out of the South Africa tour due to “personal reasons”.

Iyer, who initially missed the Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda citing back pain. Despite the National Cricket Academy confirming Iyer’s fitness in an email to the selectors, the batsman ruled himself out of the central contract.

Kishan’s IPL focus, Grade A+ contract revealed

The incident occurred amid BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s warning to centrally contracted and A-team players about the consequences of not participating in domestic cricket. The warning comes after Ishan Kishan opted not to play for Jharkhand after opting to train with his new Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya ahead of the upcoming IPL season.

BCCI Retained Player List: The central contract list for 2023-24 includes Grade A+ players, including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. In Grade A, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohd. Siraj, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya. Grade B includes Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

The newly introduced Grade C category includes Rinku Singh, Tilak Verma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Mukesh Kumar, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, KS Bharat, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, And names like Rajat Patidar are included.

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BCCI Sets Criteria for Grade C Contracts

Additionally, the BCCI specified the criteria for automatic inclusion in Grade C contracts on a proportionate basis, with players having to appear in a minimum of 3 Tests, 8 ODIs or 10 T20Is within the specified period (October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024) required to participate. The statement said that players like Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan, who have played 2 Test matches, will be included in Grade C if they participate in the upcoming Dharamsala Test against England.

Additionally, the selection committee recommended fast bowling contracts for Akash Deep, Vijaykumar Vaishyak, Umran Malik, Yash Dayal and Vidwath Kawarappa. The BCCI stressed that athletes should participate in domestic cricket during periods when they are not representing the national team.

BCCI Retained Player List

GradeAthletes
A+Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja
AR Ashwin, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya
BSurya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Yashasvi Jaiswal
CRinku 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, Rajat Patidar
(BCCI)

New Faces Emerge as Iyer, Kishan Omitted

Along with the highest grade players in Grade A+, BCCI’s move to include new faces and reward consistent performers reflects its commitment to identifying and nurturing talent within the Indian cricket ecosystem. The omission of Iyer and Kishan is a reminder of the board’s insistence on active participation of players in domestic cricket.

As the cricket world looks forward to the upcoming season, these central contracts provide a glimpse of BCCI’s strategy to build a strong and competitive national team with a focus on performance and commitment to the game at all levels. And with this, the troubles of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer have increased.

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