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Not the Ranji Trophy or the IPL! Ishan Kishan will make a comeback with this T20 tournament: report | Cricket News


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The conversation around Indian wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan’s batting has been in the headlines ever since he pulled out of the Test series against South Africa in December 2022. Kishan cited “personal reasons” for not not play in the two-match Test series against the Proteas and he has not featured for the national team since then. With the T20 World Cup happening this year, his absence has been seen as a major concern for his career, but according to a latest report, he is all set to play a T20 tournament before representing Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League . A report of Dainik Bhaskar claimed that Kishan took a break to give time to his family and will now participate in the DY Patil tournament in Mumbai.

In the recent past, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid made it clear that Kishan will have to play a few matches before he can be considered for the national team again. However, the Jharkhand Cricket Association has made it clear that the cricketer has not contacted them about playing in the Ranji Trophy.

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly given a strong mandate to its players who are not part of international assignments or undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy.

The board wants all the in-form players, who are not playing for the senior national team, to participate in the Ranji Trophy for their team.

The verdict comes from the Indian board amid the ongoing debate over the wicketkeeper batting situation. Ishan Kishan who remains reluctant to play the Ranji Trophy despite being fit.

Since leaving the South Africa tour midway, due to mental fatigue, Ishan has not participated in any competitive cricket matches. He was last seen training with his Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya at Reliance Stadium.

(With PTI inputs)

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