The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on January 16th, 2020 announced the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.
The new contracts list raised fresh doubts on the future of the former India captain MS Dhoni who has not played since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand last year. Until last year, he was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore.
Apart from Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and recently retired, Ambati Rayudu have also been dropped from the central contract.
According to a BCCI release, following are the players in the other categories:
Category A+: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah
Category A: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant.
Category B: Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.
Category C: Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar.
27 players have been divided into four categories – A+ (Rs 7 crore), A (Rs 5 crore), B (Rs 3 crore) and C (Rs 1 crore).
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