Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been given an A grade contract after finding himself without a contract last time while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan who were in the A+ category have been dropped to A in latest central contract released by BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Murli Vijay found himself without a contract this time around. He was dropped from the Test series during the England tour after his poor runs. However, he was brought back into the team for Australia tour but soon was dropped again as his poor show with the bat continued and hence, he will be without any central contract for the upcoming season.
Some of the players like Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav who all had contracts in the previous cycle have been left out of the current one while Khaleel Ahmed and Hanuma Vihari who have been awarded the central contract for the first time and have earned a Grade C contract.
Wriddhiman Saha, who had a Grade A contract last time sees himself drop down two categories to Grade C after missing a large part of cricket due to injury. He is currently out from the Test. Dinesh Karthik too dropped a category to Grade C.
Grade A+ (INR 7 Cr):
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Grade A (INR 5 Cr):
R Ashwin, Ra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant
The highest wicket-taker in ODIs, Jhulan Goswami who has been retired from T20Is, moved to Grade B while Poonam Yadav earned Grade A contract. All-rounders Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, and D Hemalatha have been awarded a Grade C contract for the first time.