MS Dhoni not included in BCCI's new annual player contracts

MS Dhoni held a Category 'A' contract in the previous cycle viz. 2018-19

MS Dhoni held a Category'A contract in the previous cycle viz. 2018-19

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn't played worldwide cricket since India's loss vs New Zealand in the ICC ODI World Cup semi-final previous year.

The BCCI announced their central contracts for the season 2019-20 and have left out the former India captain MS Dhoni from all four categories, a press release sent out on Thursday confirmed.

MS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI.

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. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was took up the post in October a year ago, has since maintained that the selectors, Dhoni and the team management have spoken about the matter and will address it accordingly. He has been on sabbatical and has refused to divulge his future plans. Top-order batsman KL Rahul made the jump from grade B to A, an incentive of INR 2 crore.

India head coach Ravi Shastri had recently said that Dhoni may soon end his ODI career but could be in contention for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad provided he does well in the IPL. There are a total of four grades (A+, A, B and C) and Dhoni's name doesn't feature in any grade this time.

Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar have grade C contracts. This move by BCCI raises more questions about the future of the former captain. Dhoni had missed the West Indies tour due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley.

The dropped list also includes the retired Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik.

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