Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) has snubbed wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan and middle order batter Shreyas Iyer from the central contract for ignoring the directive to feature in the Ranji Trophy.

Responding to the development, legendry Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar highlighted the importance of playing the celebrated tournament. The former India captain also credited the cricket board of India for prioritising domestic cricket.

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will host the Ranji Trophy final this season. A day after the announcement, Tendulkar penned a lengthy note to congratulate Mumbai on entering the final. Tendulkar also recalled his playing days in the Ranji Trophy.

“The Ranji Trophy semi-finals have been riveting! @MumbaiCricAssoc’s march into the finals was aided by a brilliant batting recovery, while the other semi-final hangs in the balance going into the last day - Madhya Pradesh need 90+ runs to win, Vidarbha need 4 wickets. Throughout my career, I remained passionate about playing for Mumbai whenever I had the opportunity. Growing up, we had almost 7-8 India players in our dressing room, and it was fun to play alongside them,” Sachin wrote on social media account X (earlier known as Twitter).