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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the annual central contract players list for the period stretching from October 2020 to September 2021.

India skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been retained in the A+ category and will receive Rs 7 crore annually.

The BCCI, like last year, has divided players into four grades, with most of the Test specialists like Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ravindra Jadeja finding a place in Grade A with a retainership amount of Rs 5 crore.

The payment structures are as under:

PeriodGrade A +Grade AGrade BGrade C
Oct 2020 to Sept 2021INR 7 CrINR 5 CrINR 3 CrINR 1 Cr

 

Central Contract Players List (October 2020 to September 2021)

GradeS.No.Athletes
A+
1Mr. Virat Kohli
2Mr. Rohit Sharma
3

 

GradeS.No.Athletes
A
1
2
3
Mr. Cheteshwar Pujara
4
Mr. Ajinkya Rahane
5
Mr. Shikhar Dhawan
6Mr. K L Rahul
7Mr. Mohd. Shami
8
Mr. Ishant Sharma
9Mr. Rishabh Pant
10
Mr. Hardik Pandya

 

GradeS.No.Athletes
B
1
Mr. Wriddhiman Saha
2Mr. Umesh Yadav
3
Mr. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
4
Mr. Shardul Thakur
5
Mr. Mayank Agarwal

 

GradeS.No.Athletes
C
1
Mr. Kuldeep Yadav
2Mr. Navdeep Saini
3
Mr. Deepak Chahar
4Mr. Shubman Gill
5
Mr. Hanuma Vihari
6Mr. Axar Patel
7Mr. Shreyas Iyer
8
Mr. Washington Sundar
9
Mr. Yuzvendra Chahal
10Mr. Mohammad Siraj

 

Changes in the Contact 

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been placed in the fourth and final category, while the likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have dropped altogether from the central contract list.

The demotions of Kuldeep and Chahal coincide with fallow periods in both players’ careers. Since the end of the 2019 World Cup, Chahal averages 37.12 in ODIs and Kuldeep a worrying 58.41, with both returning economy rates north of six an over.

Kuldeep has played only three T20Is since the World Cup, while Chahal has only picked up 16 wickets in 17 games while conceding 9.13 runs per over.

Kuldeep’s Test-match stocks have fallen away too. Talked up by India coach Ravi Shastri as their No. 1 overseas spinner in Test cricket after the 2018-19 tour of Australia, he has only played one Test match since.