IPL 2024: Shami Out, Pant In

Gujarat Titans’ star pacer, Mohammed Shami, won’t be gracing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. However, Rishabh Pant is all set to rock the tournament as a wicketkeeper-batter. 

And that’s not all, Prasidh Krishna from Rajasthan Royals won’t be joining the IPL party either. Tough break, I know.

So, what’s the deal with Shami, the man’s recovering from ankle surgery, and it looks like we won’t be seeing him in action until September. The surgery went down on February 26, 2024, tackling his pesky right heel problem head-on. According to the official statement from the BCCI, he’s under their watchful eye but sadly won’t be making it to IPL 2024. Bummer, right? Especially considering he’s been out of action since the World Cup final last year.

But hey, here’s an interesting tidbit for you. Word on the street, or should I say, in the political arena, is that the BJP has its eyes on Shami for a Lok Sabha MP ticket from West Bengal. Yep, politics and cricket crossing paths once again! Rumor has it that the party bigwigs have reached out to him, but ol’ Shami’s keeping his cards close to his chest. Can you imagine him diving into the world of politics? Quite the plot twist!

Now, picture this: the Saffron party strategising to field Shami from Bengal, possibly to secure votes in minority-dominated areas. Talk about a game-changer, huh? But hold your horses, folks, because while the rumour mill is spinning, there’s been no official confirmation yet. One thing’s for sure, though – Shami might be swapping his cricket whites for a different kind of campaign trail, but IPL 2024? That ship has sailed.

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