Two weeks ago, BCCI’s Jay Shah told players not to prioritize the IPL over Indian matches and national duties. He warned them about serious consequences.

Even Rohit Sharma, India’s captain, said that players who want to play Test cricket will be given more chances. He knows Test cricket is hard and needs players who want to play it.

When Kishan wasn’t picked for the Tests against England, India’s coach Rahul Dravid said he hadn’t made himself available and needed to play domestic cricket to make a comeback.

During the ongoing Test series against England, the team tried to reach Kishan, but he said he wasn’t ready yet. In his place, Dhruv Jurel debuted and did well.

Iyer’s absence is because of a disagreement about his fitness. After the second Test, he said his back hurt, but the doctors said he wasn’t injured. The selectors weren’t happy that Kishan spent time with his IPL captain Hardik Pandya instead of playing.

Iyer was at a pre-season camp instead of playing for Mumbai. He’s now available for Mumbai’s semi-final match. When he didn’t turn up for Mumbai in the next week’s Ranji Trophy match, Mumbai Cricket Association sources said he had back spasms.

The selectors know Iyer and Kishan are good players. They waited until the last minute to see if Iyer could play in the ODI World Cup. Kishan did well in ODIs and was India’s Test wicketkeeper when Rishabh Pant was absent.

Even if Kishan thought KL Rahul might play instead of him in the Tests, deciding to focus on his matters instead of playing for Jharkhand didn’t make the selectors happy.

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Shah warned players about the consequences of prioritizing the IPL over Indian matches. Now, the BCCI is showing it’s serious about this issue.