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Is Hardik Pandya Getting Special Treatment? Irfan Pathan Raises Eyebrows Over BCCI Contract Decisions!

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Former Indian pace bowler Irfan Pathan voiced his worries on Friday about how players who specialize in limited-overs formats, such as Hardik Pandya, are treated, stating that they ought to play local white-ball cricket when they are not on duty. This conversation started after the BCCI decided to terminate Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s contracts because they haven’t played for the national team or in domestic red-ball cricket this year.

Despite having held C and B grade contracts in the past, the BCCI’s decision to remove Ishan and Shreyas from the annual retainership for the 2023–24 season is seen as a direct message to players hoping to be selected for the national team. Top players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah kept their A+ grade contracts when the last contract announcement was made.

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After suffering an injury during India’s 2023 World Cup match against Bangladesh, Hardik Pandya was forced to miss action. Despite this, he was able to hang onto his A category contract, which is just below the premium bracket.

Pathan underlined on X, saying, “Shreyas and Ishan are definitely talented. I’m hoping for a big return from them. However, shouldn’t players like Hardik and others who share their preferences play in domestic white-ball cricket contests when they’re not representing their country? Indian cricket might not succeed if these standards are not consistent.”

Ishan Kishan made his first appearance in a competitive cricket match since November 2023 at the DY Patil T20 Cup in Pune. During the South Africa tour, he had earlier taken a leave of absence for personal reasons, pulling out of a Test series in December and January. Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, encouraged Ishan to compete in the Ranji Trophy, but he missed the full season, which hurt his chances of being selected.

On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer played in a Ranji Trophy match before to starting the Test series against England, having scored more than 500 runs for India in the most recent ODI World Cup. He participated in the first two games of the series but was not allowed to play again. Fans are debating Shreyas’s contract termination, particularly when he chose to get surgery during the 2023 Indian Premier League in order to be healthy for the World Cup and was selected vice captain of a Twenty20 international series.

Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t played in a Test match since September 2018, has been playing limited-overs cricket instead of the longer format because of his propensity for injuries.

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Daniel Müller writing is characterized by his ability to weave together the technical nuances of cricket with the emotional rollercoaster experienced by players and fans. readers a blend of match analyses, player profiles, and stories that highlight the cultural impact of cricket in India.

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