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Dhoni to Retire? MSD not included in BCCI’s Contract List

Indian Stalwart Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been under scanner to the BCCI, and here’s the day when he’s officially out of the Indian Cricket Team’s Yearly Central Contract. July 10, 2019 was the last time when we saw the Indian Wicketkeeper on field for the last time. While fans spread pan India speculate about MSD’s comeback after the despairing India Vs New Zealand Semi-Final game in The ICC World Cup 2019.


The BCCI on Thursday (January 16, 2020) released the Central Contracts for the Year Commencing from October 2019 to September 2020. They brought bombshells for the Dhoni Fans as BCCI has parted ways from the World Cup winning Captain on a serious note for the first time ever. There were statements from the President Ganguly, Selector MSK Prasad & Coach Shastri which never brought satisfaction to his followers.

Have a look at the Central contract for the Cricketing Season 2019-2020 :

Courtesy : ESPNcricinfo Ltd.

Team India Captain Virat Kohli, his junior in-charge Rohit Sharma, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah continue on the A+ grade of contract which will see them get ₹ 7 crore over the period of September 2019 – October 2020.

KL Rahul who held the Grade B contract in the previous cycle, has been elevated to the ₹ 5 crore a year Grade A, while Mohammed Shami retained his Grade A contract. Keeping the Wicket in test matches got Wriddhiman Saha to move up his pay grade from C to B and will be getting ₹ 3 crore. Rishabh Pant retains his Category A contract despite losing faith as the first choice keeper in the longest format of the game, while Mayank Agarwal (won the BEST INTERNATIONAL DEBUT – MEN at the BCCI’s  NAMAN AWARDS), who enjoyed a breakthrough start to his Test career, is named in Grade B which being his first central contract.

Those who broke into India’s limited-overs squad over in the year 2019 – Shreyas Iyer, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar – have also been handed over the Grade C contracts and will take home ₹ 1 crore.

Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu, along with MSD were the three other contracted players from the previous season to lose out on their central contracts.