“If this doesn’t apply to all,” Irfan Pathan on BCCI Central Contracts

Hardik Pandya on retaining Vice-captain for Asia Cup
Hardik Pandya (Image: BCCI)

The former all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan has opened up on Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan’s termination of central contracts by BCCI.

Irfan Pathan on BCCI Central Contracts

The BCCI announced the 30-member list of central contract players on February 28 where Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan’s contracts were not included in any category.

Ishan Kishan did not turn up to play for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy campaign despite being released from national duties since India’s tour of South Africa 2023/24.

On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer did not make it to the Mumbai team during the match against Baroda in the Ranji Trophy 2024 schedule.

On the other hand, Hardik was named in the Grade A contract by BCCI in their annual player contracts. Hardik has been a regular for Team India in the ODI and T20 formats but has been less active in the test format.

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that if Hardik doesn’t want to play in test cricket, he must feature in domestic white-ball games when he is not with the national team.

He took his X handle to suggest the criteria of selection should be the same for everyone.

“They are talented cricketers, both Shreyas and Ishan. Hoping they bounce back and come back stronger.”

“If players like Hardik don’t want to play red-ball cricket, should he and others like him participate in white-ball domestic cricket when they aren’t on national duty? If this doesn’t apply to all, then Indian cricket won’t achieve the desired results!,” said Irfan Pathan.

Hardik Pandya has been out of action for a few months and is expected to be ready for the upcoming IPL 2024. He was traded to Mumbai Indians on the cashless deal before the mini-auction in Dubai.

The all-rounder was named as the Mumbai Indians captain for the IPL season in the upcoming season. With five IPL titles in hand, Mumbai will be looking forward to clinching their sixth title in the upcoming tournament.

Mumbai Indians will be playing their first match of the IPL 2024 schedule against Gujarat Titans on March 24 at Narendra Modi Stadium.