The four senior cricketers who have been left out of the Sri Lanka series – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha – have all been demoted in the BCCI central contracts, as reported by Times of India. So has been star all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Ishant, Rahane, and Pujara have been demoted to Grade B from Grade A, Saha has been shifted down to Grade C from B. Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t played a single international since the T20 World Cup, has been shunned down from Grade A to C, in BCCI central contracts for 2022.
Another senior cricketer, pacer Umesh Yadav, who hasn’t been the first-choice bowler in Tests now, also gets a Grade C contract. So does, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has seen his stocks dropped, matches misses due to fitness issues.
Grade A+ is worth Rs 7 crore while A, B and C are Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.
Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, who only features in ODIs now, is slotted in Grade B, in BCCI central contracts.