MS Dhoni has been dropped by the BCCI after they released their list of centrally contracted players
The BCCI released a list of their centrally contracted players from October 2019 till September 2020 and dropped former captain MS Dhoni complete.
Dhoni hasn’t played for the country since the exit from the 50 over World Cup in 2019.
The former captain decided to spend time with his family and the army in recent months, and there is no surety when he will be back for the Men in Blue.
Dhoni is expected to play in the IPL and that could open a door for him to return to the Indian team. The Men in Blue have had their problems with the wicket-keeper position though.
Rishabh Pant has struggled behind the stumps while Sanju Samson has failed with the bat too.
Dhoni’s exclusion is the biggest story from the list of contracted players, and it will be interesting to see what happens next with the former captain of the team.
The BCCI announces the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.
Saini, Mayank, Shreyas, Washington and Deepak Chahar get annual player contracts.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020
The list of contracted players
The BCCI confirmed four grades where players were split into. Grade A+ players got a contract worth Rs 7 crore, A got Rs 5 crore, B got Rs 3 crore and C got Rs 1 crore.
Three players in Grade A+ include Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
Grade A features 11 players including Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Pant.
Grade B has five cricketers with Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal.
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The final Grade, C, has eight stars in total which featured Kedhar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar.
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