MS Dhoni's India career in doubt after losing central contract

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Thursday dropped from the BCCI's list of centrally contracted players, raising fresh doubts on the future of the former India captain who has not played since the World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand past year.

Coach Ravi Shastri said earlier this month that Dhoni, who will turn 39 in July, could be considered for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

A+ category players will receive Rs 7 crore, A category players will get Rs 5 crore while B and C category players will get Rs 3 and Rs 1 crore respectively.

Skipper Virat Kohli, batsman Rohit Sharma and seamer Jasprit Bumrah have retained their A+ grade deals worth $986,923 a year.

A forced change for India will be in the form of Rishabh Pant's replacement.

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Kohli, senior batsman Rohit Sharma and paceman Jasprit Bumrah are guaranteed at least $1 million each in the A-plus category for the period October 2019 to September 2020.

He quit Test cricket in 2014 but continued to be India's batting mainstay in limited-overs cricket despite passing on the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017.

The temptation must have been to pick Jadhav for his ability to bowl a few overs, but his losing out to Manish Pandey might be an indication where the career of Jadhav - who will be 38 during the next World Cup - might be headed.

Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu also missed out on a contract.

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