This is not a good news for Dhoni fans as the legendery wicket keeper batsman kept out of BCCI’s annual contract. For those who want to understand what is BCCI annual contract for them let me explain it in a nutshell. The BCCI contract is reviewed every year and valid from October to next year September. There are four categories under which the players are categorized. Those categories are A+ (the best), A (better), B (good), C (average). These categories decided the pay structure of the players. Before 16th of Januray 2020 Dhoni was in A category list, which fetched a player 5 cr. This year four new players have been inducted in this contract.
They are Navdeep Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar. King Virat Kohli, his deputy
Rohit Sharma and top pacer Jasprit Bumrah were retained in the highest A+ bracket of Rs 7 crore. Grade B and C players receive Rs 3 cr and 1 crore as per this contract.
For those who wonder how such a great player like Dhoni has been ousted from the list? You need to understand that this contract is based on recent performance of a player and it has nothing to do with his past records. Dhoni has not played much cricket in last one year. The last match he played was the World cup final against New Zealand in July 2019. So if anybody interested to know whether Dhoni will again be inducted in that list. Well, it will depend on if Dhoni decides to continue playing. Ravi Shastri Has already given a clear indication that If Dhoni continues playing for IPL 2020 with an impressive record nobody can stop him playing from the upcoming T20 world cup. We Dhoni fans can speculate lot of things however it entirely depends on Dhoni himself whether he will play and make to international cricket again or he will quit. With age catching him, he might be thinking on retirement OR he may be taking some rest and coming bang on back to the field. Playing international cricket with high fitness level is not an easy task and Dhoni was doing it for a long time.
Meanwhile India is still struggling to get a stable wicket keeper batsman who can take forward Indian Cricket. Rishab Pant is a promising player but his consistency and lack of effort behind the stamps has created doubts in selectors minds that’s why in the recent ODI home series against Australia India has tried KL Rahul as a wicket keeper batsman option and he did well. Time will tell who will wear the gloves in the coming T20 world cups. As a Dhoni fan I am very much optimistic to see him again behind the stamps.