The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced their central contracts list in their Annual General Meeting (AGM) that took place at its headquarters in Mumbai on Monday.
The biggest surprise? Star batsman Suresh Raina has not been included in the list of players with central contracts!
While Raina has been in poor form of late, scoring just one fifty in the ODI series against South Africa, an immediate exclusion from the list of central contracts was totally unexpected.
Other key team members like ODI skipper MS Dhoni, Test captain Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane were grouped under 'Grade A', while Rohit Sharma was surprisingly put under Grade B. Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was in Grade A last year, has been demoted to Grade B as well(Rs 50 lakh).
BCCI central contracts list - MENS
Grade A : MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane.
Grade B : Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Shami.
Grade C : Amit Mishra, Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, Dhawal Kulkarni, Harbhajan Singh, Sreenath Aravind.
BCCI central contracts list - WOMENS
Grade A : Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, MD Thirushkamini.
Grade B : Smriti Mandana, Rajeswari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bist, Veda Krishnamurthy, Niranjana Nagarajan, Poonam Raut.
Source - DNA