Renowned cricket commentator Aakash Chopra has made a convincing appeal to Indian selectors, emphasizing the importance of first-class cricket participation. Notably, experienced players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane continued to play on the home circuit, representing Saurashtra and Mumbai, respectively. While other young players have opted out of the present Ranji Trophy, Pujara and Rahane’s dedication has shined through.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allegedly required non-national team cricketers to compete in the upcoming round of the main domestic event. Chopra’s criticism of young cricketers for skipping the Ranji Trophy resonates, as he urges them to replicate the devotion shown by their senior counterparts.
“I am hearing that a lot of youngsters are not playing. They don’t play at all because their names have already come in the IPL. People have started thinking that they would be selected if they do well in the IPL, which is not a good thing, because Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are still playing,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Ishan Kishan, who is presently absent from the upcoming Ranji Trophy, has decided to take a break from international cricket due to mental tiredness. He is supposedly sharpening his talents for the IPL 2024 at Kiran More’s facility in Baroda. The former India opener underlined the importance of first-class cricket in national team selection. He expressed this attitude and encouraged the selection committee, chaired by Ajit Agarkar, to keep this level with diligence.
“If first-class cricket is happening and if you are fit and are not part of the Indian team, go and play. If someone feels that he will return without playing, a strong message has to be sent that you will only be considered when you go and play. If you feel you will only play the IPL and play all cricket based on that, I am expecting the selection committee under Ajit Agarkar’s leadership to put that line in the sand, that it’s not going to happen. If this is being imposed, please do it even more,” he concluded.