The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has dropped the name of former Indian captain MS Dhoni from the list of new player contracts for India on Thursday.
The absence of MS Dhoni’s name from the BCCI's list of centrally contracted players has raised doubts on the future of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.
Dhoni has not played for India since the World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand in 2019. The other three senior players avoided from the list were Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and recently retired, Ambati Rayudu. The BCCI announced the central contracts for the period of October 2019 to September 2020. Last year, Dhoni was in the A category for a cost of Rs 5 crore.
According to a BCCI release, following are the players in the other categories:
Category A: 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: Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal.
Category C: Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar.