BCCI drops MS Dhoni’s name from Annual Player Contracts list

Ross Houston
January 16, 2020

One notable exclusion from the Annual Player Contracts is MS Dhoni- who has been away from the game since India's World Cup 2019 defeat against New Zealand. Team India's players (Senior Men) were divided into four primary groups- "Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C" for the distribution of contracts.

Since then, speculations have galore around MS Dhoni's worldwide future, even as the former captain has continued to stay tight-lipped. Dhoni was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore, until past year. He has been on sabbatical and has refused to divulge his future plans.

MS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI. The contract, as always has been bracketed under four layers- A+, A, B, and C. While Indian captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, and fast-bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah have been duly awarded the A+ contracts worth Rs 7 Crore, former Indian captain MS Dhoni is notably missing.

In a recent interview to CNN IBN, India coach Ravi Shastri stressed that Dhoni might still play the T20 World Cup later this year if he has a good IPL.

While Dhoni has not revealed anything about his future, he is very much expected to captain Chennai Super Kings in the 2020 IPL. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, and Navdeep Saini have got Grade C (Rs 1 crore) contracts, while Mayank Agarwal has been included in Grade B (Rs 3 crore). Dhoni had missed the West Indies tour due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley.

Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal have grade B contracts.

The dropped list also includes the retired Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik.

One of the biggest names in Indian cricket, Dhoni led India to two world titles the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup at home.

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