ab de villiers on ishan kishan

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Ishan Kishan has been in the cusp of controversy off late after he made himself “unavailable” midway during India’s tour of South Africa. The Indian cricketer’s absence has been the topic of discussion with reports adding that he could be axed of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s central contract.

However, the Indian board hasn’t made any statement on it, but there have been reports surrounding that the board might mandate players to play specific domestic matches in order to feature in the IPL. Amid this, former South African captain AB de Villiers also shed light of this situation.

“Very interesting scenario there in India and I’ve been through this quite a bit throughout my career as well. It’s a very tricky situation. Players trying to manage their careers, and rightfully so, but the difficulty around this is that there are a lot of T20 leagues around the world, IPL, and it’s taking up a lot of attention of the player’s focus is on that,” De Villiers said in his YouTube channel. 

However, the South African great didn’t make a direct remark on Ishan Kishan but dropped a big statement around it. “So, whether Ishan is doing it wrong or other players are doing it right or wrong, I don’t know but what need to happen is proper communication. So, the players know exactly what, not only proper communication but regular communication,” he said.

“I just wanna with all the players very best because managing the career is something I found extremely difficult in the backend of my career,” he concluded. 

Ishan Kishan hasn’t played a competitive game since December 2023 and was recently seen training alongside Hardik Pandya in Baroda.