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Dhoni excluded; BCCI pays Kohli, Sharma, Bumrah highest

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Dhoni excluded; BCCI pays Kohli, Sharma, Bumrah highest
This picture is of the semi-final match of the World Cup 2019. The team lost to New Zealand after Dhoni's run out. Dhoni has been away from international matches after this match.

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has excluded Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the BCCI contract list. In the last year, he was in Grade A. Dhoni has not played international cricket for the past six months.

The BCCI released its contract list on Thursday. It has tied up with 27 players. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been given the top grade “A Plus”. They were in this grade last year as well.

Dhoni alone is out among the known players. No other player has been demoted in the new grade list of the BCCI annual contract.

A player gets Rs 7 crore a year if listed in Grade A +. He gets Rs 5 crore if in Grade A, Rs 3 crore if in Grade B and Rs 1 crore if in Grade C.

Rahul has come up from Grade B to Grade A and Saha from Grade C to Grade B, Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer have been contracted this time.

Apart from former Team India captain Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Khalil Ahmed have been dropped from the contract list. Dhoni has been out of the cricket field since India’s departure from World Cup 2019 where, in a semifinal match, he was run out.

Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar have been included in the BCCI contract list for the first time. Mayank has got a grade B position. The rest of the players are in Grade C.

Wriddhiman Saha and KL Rahul have been promoted by the board. Rahul was in grade B last year, this time he was included in A grade. Saha was in Grade C; he got a grade B this time.

Three players including Kohli in A + grade

Player Grade in 2019Grade in 2019Annual contract (in Rs)
Virat KohliA +A +7 crore
Rohit SharmaA +A +7 crore
Jasprit BumrahA +A +7 crore

Eleven players including KL Rahul and Dhawan in A grade

PlayerGrade in 2020 Grade in 2019Annual contract (in Rs)
Ravichandran AshwinAA5 crore
Ravindra JadejaAA5 crore
Bhubaneswar KumarAA5 crore
Chateshwar PujaraAA5 crore
Ajinkya RahaneAA5 crore
KL RahulAB5 crore
Shikhar DhawanAA5 crore
Mohammed ShamiAA5 crore
Ishant SharmaAA5 crore
Kuldeep YadavAA5 crore
Rishabh PantAA5 crore

Mayank Agarwal: new face in B grade

PlayerGrade in 2020Grade in 2019Annual contract (in Rs)
Riddhiman SahaBC3 crore
Umesh Yadav BB3 crore
Yuzvendra ChahalBB3 crore
Hardik PandyaBB3 crore
Mayank AgarwalB3 crore

There are eight players in the C grade, 5 of these new

PlayerGrade in 2020Grade in 2019Annual contract (in Rs)
Kedar JadhavCC1 crore
Navdeep SainiC1 crore
Deepak ChaharC1 crore
Manish PandeyCC1 crore
Hanuma VihariCC1 crore
Shardul ThakurC1 crore
Shreyas IyerC1 crore
Washington SundarC1 crore
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