Ishan Kishan has been released from the India squad.
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Ishan Kishan, the talented wicket-keeper batsman, finds himself missing from India's T20 squad for the upcoming series against Afghanistan. While the official reason remains the player's request for a break, speculations swirl around the true nature of his absence. Was it granted leave or an enforced one, and what does it mean for his future with the national team?
Kishan's request for a break reportedly stemmed from fatigue, having travelled and played continuously for several months. However, reports emerged of Kishan being spotted partying in Dubai despite requesting a break to spend time with family. This inconsistency sparked questions about his commitment and led to speculation about possible disciplinary action from the BCCI.
Dravid revealed that after withdrawing from the squad for the series against South Africa, Kishan has not yet made himself available for selection and, hence, was not considered while the team was made for the big series. "When he is available, he will play domestic cricket and make himself available for selection," said Dravid in the pre-match press conference.
This effectively means that Kishan will miss the bus for the England Test series as well.
Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Debasish Chakraborty spoke to PTI and revealed that Kishan has yet to contact the JSCA. “No, Ishan hasn’t contacted us or told us anything about his availability. Whenever he tells us, he will walk into the playing XI,” Chakraborty told PTI.
Another report in theindianexpress.com stated that the BCCI was not pleased with Kishan spotted partying in Dubai despite taking a break, citing'mental 'fatigue.'
In its report, PTI also quoted a former BCCI office bearer who, in conditions of anonymity, stated that how Kishan spends his downtime is nobody’s business.
“Once BCCI granted him leave, it’s no one’s botheration how he spends his time,” the official said.
“He could have perhaps waited and stayed back for Test series. In Indian cricket, if you leave your seat at your own will, you might not get it back. There are that many talents,” he added.