New BCCI Contracts

BCCI has just announced the new list of contracted players. Players from the previous year not included this year have been struck out in the list and the new ones are in bold –

Grade A:  
Rahul Dravid  
Sachin Tendulkar  
MS Dhoni  
Zaheer Khan  
VVS Laxman Promoted from Grade B
Harbhajan Singh Promoted from Grade B
Gautam Gambhir Promoted from Grade B
Virender Sehwag Promoted from Grade B
Yuvraj Singh  
Ganguly Retired
Kumble Retired


Grade B:  
RP Singh  
Munaf Patel Promoted from Grade C
Suresh Raina Promoted from Grade C
Rohit Sharma Promoted from Grade D
Ishant Sharma Promoted from Grade D
S. Badrinath Promoted from Grade D
Irfan Pathan Promoted from Grade C


Grade C:  
Piyush Chawla  
Wasim Jaffer Demoted from Grade B
Yusuf Pathan Promoted from Grade D
Praveen Kumar New contract
Pragyan Ojha New contract
Amit Mishra New contract
S Sreesanth Demoted from Grade B
Ajit Agarkar Misses out on contract
Ramesh Powar Misses out on contract


Grade D:  
Dinesh Karthik Demoted from Grade B
Robin Uthappa Demoted from Grade C
Parthiv Patel  
Manpreet Gony New contract
Chateshwar Pujara  
Mohammad Kaif  
Virat Kohli New contract
Ashok Dinda New contract
Wridhdhiman Saha New contract
Chetanya Nanda New contract
M Vijay New contract
R Ashwin New contract
Shikar Dhiwan New contract
Sudeep Tyagi New contract
Manoj Tiwary Misses out on contract
Ranadeb Bose Misses out on contract
Akash Chopra Misses out on contract
Joginder Sharma Misses out on contract


The new comers

There are quite a few new comers to the list, understandably in Grade C and Grade D. Of the list, Mishra and Vijay have already debuted for India in Test cricket. Although Jaffer has been awarded a Grade C contract and Vijay a Grade D contract, I would expect Vijay to be picked ahead of Jaffer as a standby opener. But Jaffer has had the highest aggregate in domestic cricket this season raking up 896 runs so far.

Mishra has already benefited from Kumble’s retirement and is likely to be the second spinner in the Test squad.

Gony, Ohja, Praveen Kumar and Kohli have also represented India in the ODI squad and find themselves being awarded a central contract. Ojha is currently the second spinner of choice in one dayers, but it is only a matter of time before he makes his debut in the Test arena.

Of the other new comers, Ashok Dinda the fast bowler from Bengal who replaces his team mate Bose in the contract list has taken the most wickets in the Ranji this season. Sudeep Tyagi, another fast bowler (from UP) also gets a central contract on the back of a very productive Ranji season last year. He had also represented India A in the series against Australia A.

R Ashwin, who bowls right arm off-break is a surprise inclusion in the squad. Off-spinners like Mohnish Parmar and Ramesh Powar have taken more wickets than Ashwin in the Ranji’s this season – but he was the most successful bowler in the Challenger Trophy earlier this year, and that would have swung the decision in his favour . Chetanya Nanda, the leggie from Delhi is another surprise inclusion in Grade D.

Wriddhiman Saha, the wicket keeper from Bengal joins the other two wicket keepers Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel in Grade D.

Shikar Dhawan, the promising opener from Delhi is another new inclusion in the contract list.

The losers

Agarkar and Powar are the biggest losers – losing the contract after being in Grade C last year. Tiwary, Chopra, Bose and Joginder Sharma also lose out on the contract – but they haven’t done enough to retain the contract.

Jaffar, Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa have also moved down the grades. But the three have been doing well in domestic cricket though and that is what they need to keep doing to find themselves for consideration again. With Sehwag and Gambhir doing so well as openers and Vijay being their back up, Jaffar will find it extremely difficult to break back into the test squad, though.

Sreesanth also drops down a Grade – but that is mainly due to injury.


Laxman, Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir move in the Grade A this year. Sehwag has been the highest scorer for India this year and Harbhajan the highest wicket taker – so, they do not come as a big surprise. Gambhir has been the find of they year and Laxman holds the second highest run aggregate in tests for India this year – So, all four deserve the promotion.

Munaf, Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have become regular members of the Indian team and deserve to be in Grade B. Badrinath has also moved up to Grade B, and that is a reflection of the faith the selectors have on his abilities.  The biggest surprise in this group is Irfan Pathan – the selectors are probably trying to groom him to be a regular all rounder in the team – but his promotion to Grade B cannot be wholly justified, IMHO.

Yusuf Pathan, also finds himself promoted to Group C – a worthy promotion.


When you have rich talent pool, there are always going to be omissions.  Rahane, the right handed batsman from Mumbai should consider himself  a tad unlucky to miss out on a contract. He has had a good run this season, but he is still young. Dhawal Kulkarni and Sidharth Trivedi, the leading wicket takers in the Ranji this season don’t find a place in the contract, either. And if you are looking for up and coming all rounders, you can’t go past Ravindra Jadeja from Saurashtra.

There are several others who are good prospects – Tanmay Srivastava and the young Pradeep Sangawan, for instance – But the fact is you can’t find a place for everyone.

Not being in the list does not mean you will not be considered for “A” tours or even in the senior squad. So, as long as the players perform, there is always a chance…

But all in all, I think it is a pretty good list.


6 responses to “New BCCI Contracts

  1. I think the new list is more or less ok. But:

    a. Laxman deserves a category A contract for several years now. How come he had a category B contract last time?

    b. Ishant is an automatic selection today. Why isn’t he being given a category A contract?

    c. Demotion of Sreesanth becaue he is injured defeats the purpose of having a contract! A contract gives you security so that players have no incentives to hide their injuries – wouldn’t a non-iconic player hesitate to disclose his niggles now?

    d. I think Akash Chopra, Balaji, Kartik and Powar deserved category D contracts at least. None of them gotten enough chances, and all of them have done enough to remain in the radar.

    e. Among the youngsters, Rahane, Sangwan, Trivedi all deserve recognition…

  2. I did not think Aswin deserved a contract so soon. He hasn’t played enough cricket for that.

    I don’t deny that he has a promising future, just that he needs to play more

  3. How much does the A to D contract vary in $? Is there a big difference?


  4. I would have liked to see M Vijay in a higher contract and Manoj Tiwari in too. He’s a very good player too and has a lot of potential

  5. What happened to that dashing opener who played for Rajastan Royals and blasted in every match? All the commentators were singing praise for him during the IPL but nothing is heard about him since then. (Swapnil Asnodkar)

  6. T20 is not test and odi. I dont think we should give too much weightage to T20 performance. Asnodkar should have a run in Domestic cricket, be consistent and then look at a contract.

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