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BCCI announce India men’s contracts: Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan excluded

BCCI announce India team central contracts
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The BCCI have announced their annual player retainership contracts for India Senior Men for the 2023/24 season.

The grade-wise BCCI contracts for India Senior Men have been divided into four categories: A+, A, B and C.

According to a BCCI statement, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan were not considered for the annual contracts for this round of recommendations.

Earlier, reports indicated that the two might not find a place on the contract list after failing to feature in the Ranji Trophy while not being part of the India team.

The injured Rishabh Pant, on his way to recovery following a car accident, has been moved from Grade A to B, as has Axar Patel. Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill, on the other hand, have moved from B to A.

The period for the cycle runs from October 1st, 2023 to September 30th, 2024.

Grade A+

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja

Grade A

R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya.

Grade B

Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Grade C

Rinku Singh, Tilak Varma, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dube, Ravi Bishnoi, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Mukesh Kumar, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, KS Bharat, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar.

Additionally, fast bowling contracts have been recommended for Akash Deep, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Umran Malik, Yash Dayal, and Vidwath Kaverappa.

What are the criteria to be contracted?

India men’s players who meet the criteria of a minimum of three Tests or eight ODIs or 10 T20Is in the specified period are automatically added to Grade C on a pro-rata basis.

Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan have played two Test matches each in the ongoing India-England series, and will be added to the Grade C contract if they play the Dharamsala Test.

As stated by BCCI secretary recently, the board has recommended all athletes to give precedence to domestic cricket when they are not playing for India.

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