BCCI Central Contracts: Kishan, Iyer Left Out

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer have been left out of the central contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the 2023-24 season, after the players missed out on the Ranji Trophy matches. 

In its press release dated February 28, 2024, BCCI announced the annual player contracts, stating that Kishan and Iyer were not considered for the annual contracts in this round of recommendations. Both players were included in last year’s list, with Iyer in Grade B and Kishan in Grade C.

As per the list, four players are named in the Grade A+ category, six players have been included in the Grade A category, five are in Grade B and fifteen are in Grade C. Further, the selection committee has recommended fast bowling contracts for five athletes.

The said statement also mentions that athletes who “meet the criteria of playing a minimum of 3 Tests or 8 ODIs or 10 T20Is within the specified period will automatically be included in Grade C on a pro-rata basis”. However, as per reports, both Kishan and Iyer will not be considered for the annual contracts even if they happen to satisfy the specified criteria.

The BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, had earlier raised concerns over players prioritising the Indian Premier League (IPL) over domestic cricket. He warned of “severe implications” in the case of non-performance in domestic cricket.  In line with the same, BCCI’s press release urges athletes to “give precedence to participating in domestic cricket during periods when they are not representing the national team”.