MS Dhoni not included in BCCI's new annual player contracts

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

The BCCI on Thursday announced the annual player retainership 2019-20 for Team India Senior Men with a glaring omission of MS Dhoni from the contracted players' list.

He has been absent from all forms of cricket since India's defeat in the 2019 ICC World Cup semi-final to New Zealand.

BCCI's player contracts for the senior team are divided into four grades: A+, A, B and C.

Dhoni was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore, up until a year ago.

Captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are the ones who have been included in the A+ Grade.

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Grade A bracket consists of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohd.

The 11 players grouped in the A grade with retainers of $A1million include Rishabh Pant, who is seen as Dhoni's successor in limited-overs cricket.

Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar have grade C contracts.

Coach Ravi Shastri said earlier this month that Dhoni, who will turn 39 in July, could be considered for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Since his work with the army ended, the cricketer has not played any global match and could now directly feature in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper. Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20I for India in a career that started in 2004.

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