Madan Lal Emphasizes Importance Of Domestic Cricket As Per BCCI Directive
By CricShots - Mar 1, 2024 3:56 pm
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Former Indian coach Madan Lal has weighed in on the exclusion of Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan from the BCCI’s annual retainers and believes the duo should have played Ranji Trophy games as recommended by the board. Lal emphasized the importance of discipline and adherence to rules, stating that no player is bigger than the game itself.

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Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan

Madan Lal acknowledged the BCCI’s directive to prioritize domestic cricket during periods when players are not representing the national team. He commended the board for making it mandatory for players to participate in first-class cricket and underscored the significance of following these rules. Lal emphasized that playing first-class cricket is often taken for granted due to the prominence of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Expressing his views on the situation, Madan Lal stated, “If the BCCI told them to play first-class cricket, they should have gone and played. No one is bigger than the game.” He added that if players fail to comply with the rules, action should be taken to set an example for others.

Madan Lal

Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were notable absentees from the BCCI’s annual retainers, and Lal believes they can make a return to the national team by demonstrating fitness and form in first-class cricket. While Iyer has returned to the Mumbai squad for the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu, Kishan recently made his comeback in the DY Patil T20 tournament after taking a personal break during the South Africa tour.

Madan Lal emphasized the importance of fitness and stated, “They have to play (first-class cricket) if they are fit.” He highlighted the significance of a good season in the IPL but also stressed the discipline required within the team.

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Lal praised India’s bench strength, noting that players like Sarfaraz and Jurel are emerging talents. He concluded by emphasizing the importance of discipline and team depth for achieving better results. In the backdrop of the ongoing series against England and the upcoming IPL season, Lal’s insights provide a perspective on the evolving dynamics and expectations within Indian cricket.