Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has demoted to Grade A(second tier) while Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been awarded the new A+ contract that was announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Grade A and Grade A+ (All You Need To Know)
The players in Grade A will be paid Rs. 5 crores each while Rs. 7 crores will be paid to the Grade A+ players. Apart from Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha are included in Grade A.
Mohammed Shami does not feature in any of the categories as he is facing cheating accusations from his wife.
The reason behind relegating MS Dhoni to second grade
A BCCI official is quoted as saying by PTI: ”
“Its a simple logic that selectors have applied. Play more and get paid more. The five in question are indispensable in all three formats right now. They deserved to be paid more. Also Ravi Shastri, Kohli and Dhoni have been taken into confidence.”
“The second group comprises players who are certainties in at least one format like Saha and Pujara. They are in the second group because of their dependability in at least one format.”
In Grade B, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Dinesh Karthik have been included. Moreover, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav have positioned themselves in Grade C.