Shreyas Iyer’s Back Spasms Spark Controversy Amid Ranji Trophy Quarter-Final
By CricShots - Feb 22, 2024 2:33 pm
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Star Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has stirred attention after withdrawing from Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Baroda, citing back spasms. Nevertheless, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has clarified that Iyer is in good health and not dealing with any fresh injuries.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

Despite being dropped from the Indian team following the first two Test matches against England, Iyer was expected to make a comeback through Ranji Trophy matches. However, he opted out, claiming medical reasons. In response, Nitin Patel, Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine at the NCA, informed selectors via email that Iyer had no new injuries after his departure from the national team.

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“Shreyas Iyer was fit and available for selection as per the handover report of the Indian team after the 2nd Test match against England. There are currently no fresh injuries reported as well after his departure from Team India,” Nitin Patel wrote, as per an NDTV report.


This situation brings attention to the recent directive from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, emphasizing that all centrally contracted players must participate in red-ball cricket in the domestic circuit. This comes after Ishan Kishan opted out of the Ranji Trophy without joining his state team for the final league game. Iyer’s decision to skip Mumbai’s quarter-final clash raises questions about compliance with this directive.

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“All contracted players have been told on the phone and I’ll be writing to them too. If chairman of selectors, coach & captain want you to play red-ball cricket, then you gotta play. ‘Nakhre Nahi Chalenge’ (no tantrums). And as far as Ishan Kishan is concerned, he is young, I am not saying this specifically about him as it will be applicable for all the players uniformly,” Jay Shah previously stated.

Iyer is yet to comment on Patel’s email to BCCI. If he continues to opt out of the Ranji Trophy game, it may impact his BCCI contract.