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Cannot See Any Reason Why he Was Not Considered for A + Grade: Former Selector Questions Star Player’s Exclusion

Cannot See Any Reason Why he Was Not Considered for A + Grade: Former Selector Questions Star Player's Exclusion

Former chief selector MSK Prasad has questioned Ravindra Jadeja’s exclusion from the top tier of the BCCI’s Annual contracts which came a couple of days ago. The top tier–A+ category is generally reserved for players who consistently represent India in all three formats and Jadeja was certainly a candidate alongside captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. There were reports that Jadeja will make it to the list this time, but he was dropped.

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A player gets Rs 7 Crore annually if he is on A+ category but besides a regular face in all three formats a lot of other factors are considered too. This includes the ICC rankings as well. Jadeja is currently in top ten in Tests and ODIs.”Jadeja is a genuine A+ candidate. Those who play all formats and have good ICC rankings are included in the list. I cannot see any reason why he was not considered for A + Grade,” Prasad told Cricbuzz. “I can see Pant in A+ soon. He is not regular now but it will be difficult to ignore him for the grade. Both Jadeja and Pant could be at the top bracket soon.”

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India captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been retained in the top category while allrounder Hardik Pandya has been given a promotion to Grade A in the BCCI’s annual contract list for 2020-21. Kohli, Rohit and Bumrah are the only three cricketers to be kept in the Grade A+ bracket and will earn Rs 7 crore annually.

However, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav find themselves being demote to Grade C while Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey, who were in Grade C themselves last year, haven’t been given contracts this time around.

A total of 10 cricketers including Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane among others are in Grade A. Grade B has five cricketers including the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav while Grade C has 10 players.

Grade A+: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Grade A: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya

Grade B: Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal

Grade C: Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Md. Siraj

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