Dropped from Indian team Shreyas Iyer absent from Mumbai’s squad for Ranji Trophy 2024 clash against Assam

The domestic cricket scene in India is briefly taking center stage as the Mumbai cricket team has announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming Elite Group B fixture in the prestigious Ranji Trophy. The match, slated against Assam, will be held at the MCA Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy situated in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, garnering significant attention from the cricket fraternity. Veteran player Ajinkya Rahane will lead the squad, which includes renowned cricketers like Prithvi Shaw, Shardul Thakur, and Shivam Dube who will display their prowess on the field.

However, amidst the recognized faces, the squad revealed a glaring omission, raising eyebrows within the cricket community. Shreyas Iyer, who has been a shining star in the Indian cricket landscape, has conspicuously been left out. This development comes on the heels of Iyer’s recent exclusion from the Indian Test team, a decision driven by his lackluster performance that saw his average dip to 19 in his last 10 innings. Speculations are rife about the reasons behind his absence, considering the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) directive which mandates non-selected Test players to participate in domestic matches, such as the Ranji Trophy, to retain eligibility for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The discourse over player management has now intensified with Shreyas Iyer’s non-inclusion. While Iyer’s absence is under scrutiny, Ishan Kishan is also at the heart of the debate after being spotted in Baroda, practicing alongside the Pandya brothers. Yet, he has not made an appearance for Jharkhand in the Ranji Trophy, further stirring the pot of discourse regarding the adherence to BCCI’s directives. The cricket community is keenly awaiting Jharkhand’s team selection for their seventh Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan, which will reveal the extent to which the directive is enforced.

Meanwhile, Mumbai’s cricket team is riding high, comfortably perched atop the Group B table with an impressive track record of four victories in six matches. A testament to their strength and depth is their consistent performance even in the absence of key player Sarfaraz Khan, who is currently on national duty. The well-rounded team aims to maintain their momentum and clinch a spot in the knockout stage of the prestigious championship.

In a competitive sporting contest where each player’s participation is critical, the Mumbai squad for the match against Assam is as follows: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Shivam Dube, Prithvi Shaw, Bhupen Lalwani, Amogh Bhatkal, Suryansh Shedge, Prasad Pawar (wicketkeeper), Hardik Tamore, Shardul Thakur, Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Aditya Dhumal, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Awasthi, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Royston Dias.

In recent times, the cricketing scene has seen pivotal discussions regarding participation in domestic tournaments versus international leagues. The veteran cricketer Virender Sehwag weighed in on the growing trend of T20 leagues and the resulting franchise versus country debate. This was highlighted after Mumbai’s IPL team MI Emirates secured their spot in the ILT20 summit clash, underlining the expanding global cricket landscape.

How BCCI’s strategic planning influences the management of players remains a subject of keen interest and potential contention, but for now, the focus for Mumbai remains clear – success in the Ranji Trophy. As they gear up to face Assam, the absence of Shreyas Iyer will undoubtedly be felt, but the team has shown resilience and determination to overcome such challenges in their bid for domestic glory.

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