Cricket - Featured - January 16, 2020

Dhoni left out of BCCI’s central contracts

Is not being given an annual contract the end of the road for MS Dhoni?

MS Dhoni has not been included in BCCI’s central contract list for players. Since the 2019 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, Dhoni has not featured for India. 

In December 2014, Dhoni had announced his retirement from Test cricket. He also stepped down as India’s captain in the limited-overs formats in January 2017. 

As of last year, Dhoni was a part of Grade A in the BCCI’s central contracts. However, he has made himself unavailable since the World Cup. As a result, he has been left out of the 27-member list. The period is from October 2019 to September 2020. 

Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu are the other players who also lose their central contracts. 

BCCI Central Contracts for 2019-20:

Grade A+ (INR 7 cr) : 

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Grade A (INR 5 cr) : 

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant.

Grade B (INR 3 cr) :

Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.

Grade C (INR 1 cr) : 

Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar.

Will Dhoni play the T20 World Cup?

Dhoni left out of BCCI's central contracts
MS Dhoni

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical since July 2019. Neither has he cleared the air regarding his uncertain future. Therefore,Rishabh Pant has been the preferred wicketkeeper in ODIs and T20s. 

Sunil Gavaskar has also questioned the long absence of MS Dhoni from international cricket. 

I can’t tell you anything about fitness. But I think the question that needs to be asked is of MSD himself,” Gavaskar said.

He has not made himself available to play for India since July 10. That is the important point. Does anyone keep himself away from playing for India for that long?.That is the question and therein lies the answer,” he furthermore added. 

Post the World Cup, Dhoni has not toured the West Indies. He also did not feature in the series against South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Furthermore, Dhoni was not named in the ongoing 3-match ODI series against Australia. He has not been named for the New Zealand T20I series as well. 

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