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MS Dhoni dropped from BCCI's central contracts list

MS Dhoni outside the dressing room at Trent MS Dhoni outside the dressing room at Trent
Noah Ferguson | 16 January, 2020, 11:37

MS Dhoni has been out of action since World Cup 2019 in July.

It is worth mentioning that the 38-year old batsman had last played competitive cricket during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Dhoni, who has not played since the World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester, was in Category A previous year. 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. While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the only three players in A+ category, there's no place for MS Dhoni in the entire list.

For the aforementioned period, players in these categories would be paid Rs crore, Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was took up the post in October past year, has since maintained that the selectors, Dhoni and the team management have spoken about the matter and will address it accordingly. There are a total of four grades (A+, A, B and C) and Dhoni's name doesn't feature in any grade this time.

Shreyas Iyer, who has been in sublime form for India and has helped in solving the No.4 conundrum lately, has been fitted into the Grade C category along with many prominent names like Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Hanuma Vihar and Washington Sundar.

Outgoing chief selector MSK Prasad has already made his stance clear on Dhoni, saying the World Cup-winning captain can only be selected again on the basis of performances. This move by BCCI raises more questions about the future of the former captain.

Since the World Cup, he has missed the tour of the West Indies and the home series against South Africa, Bangladesh, the West Indies and the ongoing one against Australia.

The dropped list also includes the retired Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. So he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL.

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