BCCI Has Made Right Call: Former PAK Player Backs Indian Board For Dropped Kishan, Iyer From Contract List

A former Pakistan player has backed the BCCI for dropping Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from the central contract list. Both the players skipped the Ranji Trophy game despite the BCCI's order. Iyer is playing the ongoing Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu.
Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer were dropped from BCCI central contract list. Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer were dropped from central contract list
  • Both players missed Ranji Trophy game despite the BCCI's order
  • A former Pakistan player has backed the BCCI's move
The BCCI took a stern stance against Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer and did not consider them for a place in the BCCI central contract list. Both the players decided against playing the Ranji Trophy despite the BCCI's order. The board's order came before the last league stage game of the tournament. Ishan did not turn up for Jharkhand. Iyer missed the quarter-final game.
Even though Iyer is playing the semi-final game against Tamil Nadu, the damage was already done and he got dropped. Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal has reacted to the BCCI's decision and backed the board for dropping the duo.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akmal said: "Shreyas Iyer played the first two Tests of the series. If you don't value the cricket because of which you made it to the national team, what message is it going to give to all the youngsters?
"BCCI has made the right call, taking such strict action early on to control the damage. If they had given them a levy and handed them central contracts, a lot more players would have started playing on their own terms in the future. India have given a message to their players to ensure that nobody even thinks of doing something like this the next time. This is proof of good management. Nobody is bigger than the game."
Iyer was part of the Test squad for the series against England. He was dropped after two Test matches. As for Kishan, he has been out of the national squad since the South Africa tour.
The wicketkeeper-batsman pulled out of the Test series due to personal reasons and has been out of action since then. Kishan would have been part of the playing XI against England had he not pulled out of the Test squad. He will make his on-field return in IPL 2024.
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