Even Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli should play domestic cricket when free: Kirti Azad | Cricket News

Feb29,2024


New Delhi: Member of the 1983 World Cup winning team Kirti Azad supported it on thursday bcciInstructions to cricketers to play ranji trophyHe said that this is a good step and this rule should be applicable to every player of the Indian team. Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli,
out of favor pair Ishan Kishan And Shreyas Iyer He was dropped from the list of centrally contracted players after ignoring instructions to play Ranji Trophy.

“This (directive) is a very good step. Everyone should play Ranji Trophy cricket, but currently the emphasis is on IPL. It is good, it is entertaining but the real cricket is (five-day) cricket. Playing domestic cricket is good, it keeps you in touch.

“But whenever you are free, even if you are Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, you should go back and play domestic cricket for the state. That (the state) gave you a chance to become a player, get selected and then play. For the country.

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He believed that it was not right to punish only Ishaan and Iyer.
“It is not right to punish just the two, I think everyone should be punished,” Azad told PTI in a video. Everyone should be seen through the same mirror.
Azad declined to comment on whether it was a possible end for Ishan and Iyer as their names were left out of the list of centrally contracted players.
“My question is, are they playing enough domestic cricket? They are playing T20 cricket nowadays and every other state has a T20 cricket league. In those days when we were starting our careers, Bishan Singh Bedi, Madan There were players like Lal, Surinder Amarnath, Mohinder Amarnath, Chetan Chauhan, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Karsan Ghavri played with youngsters like me and Ravi Shastri,

He said, “All these senior Test team players will play for their team, will play for the pride of their state which seems to be missing in the youth these days.”
He questioned why Indian players find it difficult to play domestic cricket while English cricketers willingly play county cricket when they are not in the national team.
“Look at county cricket; there are over 20 counties and there are T20 cricket as well as many three-day and four-day games, but every player is involved. If a player is dropped from the Test team, Then he comes back.” To play for his county.
“So why can't we get our players to play in those home matches is a big question,” he said.
He praised players like Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan for finding a balance between playing T20 cricket and Ranji Trophy for their IPL teams.
“There are players like Jurel, Sarfaraz who play T20 cricket, but at the end of the day, are also representing their state in the Ranji Trophy. Bowlers also get into the habit of bowling long spells when they play domestic cricket regularly ” “This (Ranji) is not a form of slam-bang and thank you,” he said.



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