The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday dropped former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from its contract list. Apart from Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Raydu and Khaleel Ahmed were also dropped from the list.
It may be mentioned here that Dhoni played his last international match World Cup semifinal which India lost against New Zealand. The BCCI announced the central contracts for the period of October 2019 to September 2020.
Meanwhile, it is raising fresh doubts about the future of the Indian WC winning captain. Dhoni was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore, until last year.
Following are the players in the categories:
- Category A+ (Rs. 7 crore): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
- Category A (Rs. 5 crore): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant.
- Category B (Rs. 3 crore): Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.
- Category C (Rs. 1 crore): Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar.