No central contract for Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni. File

Mahendra Singh Dhoni. File   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini


BCCI announces the central contracts.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is most prominent omission from BCCI’s central contracts list for 2019-2020 released on Thursday.

His exclusion from the list of cricketers with an annual retainer is yet another indication that perhaps the three-time ICC trophy-winning captain may not don the India Blues again.

The contracts for the October-September cycle are awarded by a three-member committee consisting of the BCCI president, secretary and chief selector based on the performance during the last cycle. Dhoni hasn’t played competitive cricket since India’s World Cup semifinal exit.

While chief selector M.S.K. Prasad has said the selection committee has decided to “look beyond” Dhoni, head coach Ravi Shastri has maintained Dhoni may come back into the T20 World Cup contention based on how he fares for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

The man himself, however, has maintained a conspicuous silence. Last month, at a promotional event in Mumbai, Dhoni had said he would not say anything till January.

In and out

Besides Dhoni, who was placed in Grade-A last year with a contract worth ₹5 crore, three other cricketers — Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Khaleel Ahmed have also been excluded.

The new entrants in the 27-player list include Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar.

Mithali downgraded

Mithali Raj, who has announced her retirement from T20Is, has been moved from Grade-A to B in the women’s contracts for 2019-20. Shafali Verma, 15, has become the youngest to be awarded the annual retainer.

BCCI Central Contracts for October 2019 to September 2020:

Grade A+ (₹7 crore): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Grade A (₹5 crore): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, K L Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant.

Grade B (₹3 crore): Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.

Grade C (₹1 crore): Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar.

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