'First time someone has ignored red-ball cricket'- Sourav Ganguly feels players can play white ball and red ball cricket simultaneously

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has emphasized playing First Class cricket days after the likes of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer were dropped from the central contract for missing it.

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Sourav Ganguly at an event (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India skipper and former Indian Cricket Board president Sourav Ganguly has emphasized how the players can play red-ball and white-ball cricket simultaneously. Recently, the board decided to put their foot down on players such as Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer for missing the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024. They have been dropped from the central contracts until further notice.

Meanwhile, reacting to this, the former India skipper said that he has seen players missing the red-ball cricket at the domestic level for the first time and is sure of the board taking some action against this. He added that the players can play red-ball cricket and the IPL as they are played with a gap of one month.

“I think this is the first time that someone has not played or ignored red-ball domestic cricket. Otherwise, all of them have played Ranji Trophy when they were free. I am sure the board will take proper action,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by TOI.

“They can play both red-ball and white-ball. IPL career can happen along with stint in first-class cricket. They don’t clash. First-class cricket finishes and then there’s almost a month before the IPL starts. I don’t see any problem.”

A lot of top-quality players play all forms of the game: Sourav Ganguly

The 2002 Champions Trophy winning captain added that a lot of players play all forms of the game and their is no reason why others can't do the same.

“A lot of the top quality players play Test cricket and white-ball cricket. You look at Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. On the world stage, there’s Mitchell Marsh. He is Australia’s premier red-ball player now. Harry Brook plays red-ball cricket. David Warner played so much Test cricket but he was also one of the best white-ball players. Even in my days, Sachin, Rahul and myself played Test cricket and then played white-ball cricket. There’s no reason to say that you can play one and not the other,” he added.

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