Cricket News Today: MS Dhoni excluded from Annual Central Contract list, Rishabh Pant to miss second ODI and more- 16th January 2020
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BCCI announced the Annual Central Contracts announced by the BCCI which has a noticeable omission going by the name of MS Dhoni. Rishabh Pant is set to miss the second ODI to recover from concussions. NZ have announced a 14-man T20I squad to face India while Ravichandran Ashwin will represent Yorkshire Cricket Club in the 2020 county season.
And lastly, Smriti Mandhana talks about the invaluable WBBL experience which will help them in the upcoming T20 WC.
Here is a look at those stories in detail.
#1 MS Dhoni excluded from BCCI's annual player contracts list
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni was excluded from the list of annual central contracts for the season 2019-20 as announced by the BCCI. Dhoni, who hasn't played for the national side since the semi-final defeat to New Zealand, has been in the news ever since.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Wriddhiman Saha were promoted from their respective categories due to their consistent performances throughout the year. Ambati Rayudu, Khaleel Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik were other noticeable ommissions from the central contracts.
BCCI Central Contracts for 2019-20
Grade A+ (INR 7 cr)
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Grade A (INR 5 cr)
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant
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Grade B (INR 3 cr)
Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal
Grade C (INR 1 cr)
Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar