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October 26, 2012

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Offspinner Harbhajan Singh and seamer Ishant Sharma have been demoted from Grade A to B in the BCCI's list of annually contracted players, while offspinner R Ashwin, who has established himself as the leading spinner for India across all three formats, has been promoted from Grade B to A.

This means that the duo of Harbhajan and Ishant will draw a fixed income of Rs 50 lakh (approx $93,000) each from October 2012 to September 2013, instead of the Rs 1 crore (approx $186,000) that players with the top grade of contracts will get. Both bowlers seem to have been penalised for their lacklustre performance in the first half of the contract cycle.

With the BCCI's central contracts committee - consisting of president N Srinivasan, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Sandeep Patil, the chairman of the all-India selection panel - having shrunk Grade A from 12 players to nine, Ashwin has been the biggest beneficiary, replacing Harbhajan as the only spinner in the top grade. There have been no replacements for Ishant, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in the top category, with the latter duo having retired from international cricket during the course of the year.

The committee has also promoted Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane from Grade C, which fetches Rs 25 lakh (around $46,500) annually, to B. Both Rahane and Pujara have been billed as leading contenders to fill spots over the long-term in the Test line-up. Umesh Yadav, who has impressed with the ball, and allrounder Irfan Pathan, who is back in national contention after a stint on the sidelines, have been elevated from Grade C to B.

Besides Harbhajan and Ishant, others who have been demoted include Praveen Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom have been moved from Grade B to C.

Bowlers S Sreesanth and Jaydev Unadkat are omitted from last year's list of 37 players (the same number as this year). Seamer L Balaji and allrounder Yusuf Pathan return to the list, with Grade C contracts, while fast bowler Ashok Dinda is on the list for the first time.

Grade A: Rs 1 crore each (approx $186,000) Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin

Grade B: Rs 50 lakh each (approx $93,000) Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav

Grade C: Rs 25 lakh each (around $46,500) Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Abhimanyu Mithun, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, Manoj Tiwary, S Badrinath, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron, Abhinav Mukund, Ashok Dinda, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, L Balaji

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Posted by YS_USA on (October 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

What is the use of paying $186,000 to Gambhir for working the whole year while he is making $2.2 million every year for playing 6 weeks in IPL and then Ravinder Jadeja is paid $46,500 while he makes $2.4 from the IPL.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

I have some suggestions for future gradings, tests : For batsmen - 1 point for every 20 runs scored, catch / wicket taken, weightage - points X 2 for being on the winning side, points X 1.5 for not being on the losing side, points X .75 if in the losing side. For bowlers / allrounders - 2 points for every 20 runs scored, .75 points for every catch / wicket taken, weightage - points X 2 for being on the winning side, points X 1.5 for not being on the losing side, points X .75 if in the losing side. Grades A, B & C basis threshold points indicating a minimum of 20 points / match for Grade A, 12 points for Grade B & 8 points for Grade C. Something similar could be worked out for Limited overs cricket. This would ensure some sort of cricketing merit in the contracts - Sachin would probably lose his contract because he has no cricketing merit, only emotional value.

Posted by grizzle on (October 28, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

If this isn't conclusive evidence that the Indian spin cupboard is bare, I don't know what is. Ashwin is mediocre at best and shouldn't be playing Test cricket.

Posted by cricket9lover on (October 28, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

In present situation I would like to see shikhar dhawan and rahane opening and including ishant,yadav & awana/pathan as pacers,ashwin ojha bhajji as spinners if selectors really think to do some good to indian cricket then select them for test cricket when selected then only will we know which pair is good gambhir sehwag or dhawan rahane,mind it rahane and dhawan are good puller and hooker good signs to succeed overseas.Though gambhir and sehwag are still good in one dayers.

Posted by hnlns on (October 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

The list of grade A cricketers has some names which deserve to be in grade C or below that. If recent performances are indeed the criteria for such grading, this whole list needs a thorough overhaul. Seniority ought to be discarded as the criteria since it carries no meaning if a senior player does not justify his seniority over an extended period of time.

Posted by fab4_india on (October 28, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

@ Crindex :- That test match wass't a Tie...as India was not all out in the second innings...it was declared as a draw..But yeah that match India should have won actually, but again it was R Ashwin, who dragged India to a winning position, imagine what could have happened if he didnt play that knock...

Posted by crindex on (October 27, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Isnt this guy (Ashwin) converted an absolute chance of a Test win into a historical Test tie against the WI last Summer?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

If Balaji , Badrinath can get a place then CSK technical committee also should get C grade including CSK owner .

Posted by Iyer on (October 27, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Harbhajan, Ishant and Irfan should have been downgraded to C. I don't see them playing for India in near future. So why pay them 50 lakhs when they dont stand a chance to play for the national team in the near future?

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 27, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

WHY ABHIMANYU MITHUN IS IN GRADE C ....HE IS NOT GOING TO BE SELECETED ANYWAY.......HAPPY WITH YADAV GETTING GRADE B HE IS GREAT TALENT.

Posted by r1m2 on (October 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

I don't think Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh deserves to be in Grade 'A'

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 27, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

@ swwastik, Who cares about state teams in international cricket scene. They are domestic matters. Check your facts in www.espncricinfo.com/ranking and see who features in ICC's top 10 ranking and who doesn't.

Posted by bdk_ on (October 27, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

What happened to Ashish Nehra?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

dear friends where is the robin uthappa i think he deserve the place in 37 players from last 2 ,3 years he is out of team

Posted by mrcool on (October 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

sad that talented robin uthappa is not among top 37 players...he is better than several players in list.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 27, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

IT'S AMAZING ROHIT SHARMA IS IN GRADE B EVEN AFTER HIS PATHETIC PERFORMANCES IN ODIS IN AUS , SL . T20 WC . THANK GOD HE DIDN'T MAKE RUNS OTHERWISE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO GRADE 'A'. AND HOW DID SURESH RAINA IS AWARDED GRADE 'A ' CONTRACT ? HE IS NOT SENIOR PLAYER NEITHER HE IS A TEST PLAYER . THIS IS PURE POLITICS .

Posted by usernames on (October 27, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

@Dilshaad -- You think anyone in your current team save Mahela and Sangakkara would have played for a *state* in India? Go take a look at Ashwin's last year performances and keep whining.

Posted by Nick7677 on (October 27, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

rahane gambhir pujara sachin kohli sehwag dhoni ashwin chawla zaheer umesh

Posted by Nick7677 on (October 27, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

my team for the first test : rahane,gambhir,pujara,sachin,kohli,sehwag,dhoni,ashwin,P.Ozha,Zaheer,umesh

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 27, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@street_smart have you watched tiwary against top bowlers? You are wrong when you said he proved every time he got a chance. Its a shame that we do not have too many good backup players but to chose among the likes of inconsistent Rohit sharma's rainas

Posted by bipulkumar on (October 27, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Manoj Tiwari doesn't deserve grade C when Ishant, Pujara and Rohit have grade B.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

I think there should also be a grade "D" , wherein the promising youngsters who play in Ranji Trophy matches, should be included. This can be forty to fifty guys, getting around about Rs. 20,000 or so every month, to ensure that they would stay playing cricket. Hunting for talent and rewarding talent,should an important objective. As regards the brouhaha about the pay grades, demotion of people with lots of service to country's cricket, is not a good idea and would likely be a morale-breaker. Afterone or two years, if there is no improvement, they should be gracefully given a golden hand-shake. Why should not Harbhajan continue in the top grade in spite of poor performance?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

@ Omkar Oak : By your point even mohd kaif, parthiv, DK had performed better in the international condts, so can we expect them to be given grade A?? All that matters is the current performance. And Bhajji has been outta his minds while bowling, even if he doesnt take wickets he shudnt give lota runs. But he ends up failing in both rather when u consider as Ashwin, he had climbed up his career ladder at an enormous rate which most of them havent. He had worked hard to bat as well as bowl. Lets stop stop cheering the ice age hero's and start appreciating the modern era hero's.

Posted by Manager on (October 27, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

@Rajeshj - You like many others seem to have memory lapse. When did Kohli fail in England? He didn't play any test match there. He did play four odis and scored a century and a fifty. According to you thats a failure!

Posted by harnam76 on (October 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

The great super talent rohit sharma should be in GradeC because everyone around world know his performance in international cricket,but once again he has proved that how powerful he is .Now performance does not matter for him.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 27, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

@Omkar Oak: We say the globe is round in shape, but u think otherwise!! As simple as that!!

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

I like the comments from "intcamd" from "Nathan_R_Patrick". Makes a lot of sense if implemented.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Ashwin. ha ha.. lets wait until KP and gang visit in India.then Ashwin can understand his true position.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

ashwin is not an international material, harbhajan is!

Posted by CricketChat on (October 27, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Ind selector's muddled thinking has not changed one bit even though the selection committee changed. Several players from grade C have fallen off over the past years. Don't know why they are still kept. Do not see any new talent, just same old tried and failed lot. Clear indication that the team's fortunes won't change much in the coming year.

Posted by Nathan_R_Patrick on (October 27, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Slow down folks. This is based on a review process. BCCI is using a GE bell-curve. Bottom 5% will be kicked out. If Jack Welch were a CEO of BCCI, the entire team will take turn fitting into bottom 5% one way or the other. But I by and large agree with "intcamd". Except Kohli, nobody should be in category A. And this is purely based on what they delivered in the last calendar year. Give some benefit of doubt to Yuvraj to be compassionate about his illness. The guy fought it out. So leave him alone. But Dhoni, Shewag, Gambhi? I don't think so I would get fired from my job if I was piggybacking on my part performances. Every quarter is new and we all are as good as what we did yesterday.

Posted by torsha on (October 27, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

Sehwag doesn't deserve to be in grade A and Praveen kumar should be in grade B.

Posted by FRRR on (October 26, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Good Decision. ... Harbajan does not deserve any position in the Indian team. Ashwin is the future (in short term).

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

instead of A,B,C grades bcci should have given money on the basis of format the player was selected for ex: 50LAKH for tests format and 30 LAKH for odi format and 20 lakh for t20 format.so simply for aswin who plays 3 formats gets 1crore and basic pool of players expected to play for india at some time like badri,dinesh karthik,saha etc for 15 lakhs which must contain more no of fast bowlers which we required now

Posted by intcamd on (October 26, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

There should one grade A (Kohli), a few Bs (Pujara, Ashwin), a few C's (Raina, Gambhir, Umesh), a couple of D's (Zaheer, Ohja), and a whole bunch of F's (Tendlya, Dhoni, Sehwag etc). The F's should be required to pay a fee to the country in order to stay in the team.

Posted by shekar.senthilvel on (October 26, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Team looks fine. Except NOHIT SHARMA. He has to be kicked out

Posted by JESHIPL on (October 26, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

Ashwin deserves grade A since performing consistently for the indian team..

Posted by Bruisers on (October 26, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

@Nampally - Agree with the probable squad. Good thinking there :)

Posted by Bruisers on (October 26, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

@RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - Is it that funny? Okay, next time we'll offer Phil Hughes and Shaun Marsh "Grade A" contracts to please you... xD

Posted by Bruisers on (October 26, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Dilshaad Mubarak - Right then.. Players like Kapugedera, Thirimanne, Silva, Herath, Prasad, Fernando etc would never have made even a First-class appearance if they were in India.

Posted by CricketFann on (October 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Check this out! There is a guy called EDWIN DAVIS in karnataka cricket. He's going to be the future sensation of pace bowling for India. He's a raw talent. He's gonna rock for India!!!

Posted by NikSaid on (October 26, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

Rohit is lucky to be in B and Munaf Patel is extremely unlucky to be in C. Clear signal from BCCI : its better to be a batsmen

Posted by Naikan on (October 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

It is surprising that Ishant makes it into a contract inspite of doing nothing of note in the last few years. After his initial few years he has failed to live up to his promise. His performance even in first class matches is nothing to write about with a bowling average of 30+. In contrast many bowlers who have been knocking for attention for many years with first class avearges of between 22 to 28, like Pankag Singh,etc. never even get a chance

Posted by Nampally on (October 26, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Most of the Grade A seniors are there out of respect rather than performance. Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer & Sachin are examples in this category & may be their final year. On the other hand Rahane & Pujara deserve promotion to Grade B & will be in the Test Squad Vs. England along with others in Grade B except Harbhajan. Yusuf Pathan & Balaji are lucky to be retained in Grade C. Based on this grading one can guess what the Squad against England would be = Grade A +( Grade B - Harbhajan & Rohit )+ 1 from Grade C. So Sehwag & Gambhir appear to have got one final chance to prove themselves. ZAK & SRT are on their final year before retirement. Currently these 4 are liabilities being out of form!.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

selectors mithun included in grade c pl give him chance to prove he is worth it rohit sharma awarded grade b let him showcase his talent vs England in practice match atleast

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

sorry for sreee...he is only bowler who bowl fast and good length....some time his length may wrong if he can get it contiously right he"s next zaheer

Posted by maddy20 on (October 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

@asa_ind Perhaps thats because the SL fans have understood that SL don't stand a chance against India. When was the last time SL has won a series against India? Of the last 10 ODIs(5 in SL tour, 3 in CB series, 1 each in WC final and Asia Cup) SL has won 3 and lost 7 vs India. How is that for a record?

Posted by guppys_classmate on (October 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Rohit Sharma - getting a ton of chances, failing most of the times, but still never out of the team and gets a Grade B contract. And poor Badri gets a chance against South Africa in South Africa, scores a 50 and is then dropped and ends up with a Grade C contract! I just wish I was half as lucky as Rohit...

Posted by svel on (October 26, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

people who say ashwin do not deserve the contract must know that he is currently the 4th ranked ODI bowler in the world and the only indian bowler in top 10... i do not remember any indian bowler ranked so highly in the recent past...

Posted by ARad on (October 26, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

I am not sure what is more surprising, the fact that Bhajji had a contract last year or still given another contract at any level.

Posted by Sathish.Velu on (October 26, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Ashwin, good bowling ashhhh, indian fans will recollect those words, if not see, india vs england test series, you will hear that words, ashwin is a good catch, good fish

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

LOL at everyone... Sachin has still managed to average around 49 in Tests over the past two years!! He was in good form in Australia too. Sadly, every non-century innings is regarded as a failure for him.

Posted by street_smart on (October 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan : who decides that Tiwary is not International material? you? or his performance compare to Rahane & Rohit in recent years??

This also proves discrimation because... after repeated failures Rohit get chance & not Tiwary though whaterver chance he got, he proved himself...

Posted by ProdigyA on (October 26, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Why is sreesanth so dissapointed in the picture? He has his chance given in a plate to prove himself in England, just blew it bigtime. Dont feel sorry for him. For Ishant to, had so much regard for him, but some people are just brain-dead, they refuse to learn.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

sreeshanth is way way talented than Piyush Chawla, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, L Balaji and bcci is not looking at his injury he is the only successful bowler in india abroad test wins.manoj should be in B

Posted by Narbavi on (October 26, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

@asa_ind: Strange that u have mentioned it, then y do u lose to india every time??

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

If Sachin deserves A1, then why dont you say that Kapil dev, Saurav still deserves A1. Sachin was a great cricketer and did great work for INDIA. But in current situation, which the contract is for he dont even deserve A grade. Yousuf Patan is included in the contract for what?!!! Players that can be in A is Virat, Dhoni, Ghambir, Raina, Irfan and Ashwin. Others deserve B and C only.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

what is rohit given grade b and ohja should have given A

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 26, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

On current form, only one player deserves to be Grade A - Virat Kohli. It makes sense to have a lot of people in Grade C - those are fringe players who might get called up for national duty. Plus, they don't make money from product endorsements. Non-performers like SRT, Gauti and Viru do NOT deserve any grade. They already earn a lot of money from product endorsements. On current form, they don't deserve to be part of Indian team at all. Score a century against Bangladesh, but 10s and 20s against England and Australia, and automatically get selected for Grade A. What a joke!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

harbhajan must be promoted to grade C, where as, Manoj Tiwary,Yusuf Pathan,L Balaji should be promoted to grade B.....

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Out of top 9, we have only two bowlers, this shows how imbalanced our team is bowling wise. We need more aggressive bowlers, enough with batting line up.

Posted by chakra04 on (October 26, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

We don't even have enough players in Grade A to form a team of 11 players.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Sreesanth is the most unluckiest excellent bowler of india due to which even indian national team suffered lot of defeats in test cricket due to poor bowling attack in abscence of sreesanth. Sree is the only next bowler after zaheer who creates fear in eyes of opposition when they bat against india.

Posted by OzWally on (October 26, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

I was going to comment about SRT, but @Ayyappa Tirumalasetti told me not to!

Posted by Engee on (October 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Common..given India's abysmal away record (0-8 and counting) none of these guys deserve grade A contract!

Posted by cricket_lover1 on (October 26, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Where is Unmukt Chand? BCCI should have included him in Group B and three others from U19 team in Group B/C: Harmeet Singh - Group B Baba Aparajith - Group C Sandeep Sharma - Group C and probably Ravikant Singh - Group C.

Players like Munaf Patel, Abhimanyu Mithun,Parthiv Patel,Piyush Chawla and probably R Vinay Kumar should not be in... HOPE BCCI LISTENS....

Posted by WTEH on (October 26, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Isn't it sad to know that how many empty stomachs can be fed by just removing one grade A player. Will BCCI will donate that money, well that's another issue!

Posted by Sudhir65 on (October 26, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

I don't think Pathans belong in any category. Their performance has been horrible.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (October 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Hahahaha Gambhir and Raina in grade A hahahahahahahahaha

Posted by ankit_barry on (October 26, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

So now BCCI should give explanations to all of you below & above on why & how, thats ridiculous. Suneet: Please read the whole article before commenting. Great job done BCCI

Posted by Abrars on (October 26, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

For me Grade A :- Dhoni kohli raina yuvi Zaheer Gambhir Sehwag Ashwin Irfan. Grade B:- Harbhajan ojha Ishant pujara rahane yadav sachin Manoj Grade C:- Dinda Rohit Saha Vinay Vijay Mukund Dhawan Aaron Test team:- rahane Gambhir pujara kohli yuvi Raina DHONI Ashwin ojha yadav khan/Pathan Odi tean:- sehwag Gambhir kohli raina yuvi tiwary DHONI Ashwin yadav Pathan khan T20 team:- rahane Gambhir raina kohli yuvi DHONI tiwary Ashwin Pathan yadav Dinda

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

had Badrinath got even one-tenth of chances Rohith sharma and jadeja, he would have now been atleast into GRADE B ..india's wasting a gr8 talent :(:(

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 26, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

@dilshand mubarak ashwin is a way better bowler than your pathetic herath. and he is an allrounder and he averages 32+ in tests..go and praise your old useless horse herath....

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

WASTE OF MONEY ON NON PERFORMERS

Posted by street_smart on (October 26, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

What makes Rohit Sharma & Ajinkya Rahane to be in Grade B & Tiwary left in Grade C? Rather Tiwary had been more successfull whenever got a chance.

Posted by Arrow011 on (October 26, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

REMOVE No-hit sharma (the world's best player in nets) he has been hyped to no end by Sunny & Ravi shastri that he is in Grade B, he deserves to be in grade Y in actual. Sachin should have a separate grade A1 for him, he is not an ordinary good player but a supreme player + serving R Sabha MP so deserves a special grade for him.

Posted by symsun on (October 26, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Who cares abt Sree? I dont think even cricket fans from kerala would not want him. Only the media makes rubbish of him.

Posted by aussiesl on (October 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

haleos- Mukund is reserve opener!!! Murali vijay as well he is reserve opener for t20 and badri in test Scot. dont be raciest people just because they are tamil not deserve to get contract? get over it

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

dont comment aout sachin he is always a class player and rebounces like a football thrown on to ground

Posted by symsun on (October 26, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

while Saha is the preferred replacement in whatever format then why you need parthiv patel and dinesh karthik in the list

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

@haleos: what's amit mishra, munaf patel, yusuf pathan, parthiv and mithun doing there?

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (October 26, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

No disrespect to the great SRT but why is he in category "A" he doesn't play every format/series.

Posted by crindex on (October 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

This is pure politics. Nothing else. None of them in Grade A deserve to be there except Sachin and Dhoni. Some of the Grade B deserve to be there in Grade A such as Bhajji , Ishant and Rohit Sharma. Some of the Grade C players should never play for India - such as Jadeja , L. Balaji and A. Mithun.

Posted by soorajiyer on (October 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@RajjDesai - can you tell me then which spinner should be given an A contract? I agree with you that he isnt a great spinner, but unfortunately he is the only cocky bowler we have and not afraid to try. Atleast he does that :)

@Edassery - the reason why BCCI gives contract to so many people is because it has money and it doesnt want them to go and play other leagues. Not an ideal situation, but thats how the world of cricket is being run now.

@Dilshaad Mubarak - Oh is it. Please dont compare pak spinners to Lankan or Indian spinners. Pak spinners are miles better and would like to know how many club cricketers iin Lanka are better than Ashwin. Sour grapes?

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Our team is mixture of grade a and grade b why bcci makes grade c don't know?? where is ajit agarkar ..r.jadeja,munaf is bigger than him...no never...sandip patil sir plz think about it....

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@DilshaadMubarak,

So should India offer Ajmal or Herath a contract??Ashwin is probably the most successful one India has stats wise if not quality or skillwise ! It is our contract and so we will take the decisions.. We can most certainly do that given that quite often we influence decisions taken by your boards!

Posted by Narbavi on (October 26, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@Haleos: Totally agree with the SRT part, but what u said about Badri was totally wrong, couple of years ago had he been given atleast half the number of chances that Rohit received over the years then surely he would have made it count

Posted by wolf777 on (October 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Nohit Sharma in Grade B? Same as Pujara? You got to be kidding...

Posted by SachinLara1 on (October 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@Haleos : you missed dinesh karthick (TN) buddy...HOPE you understand!!!!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@Debopom Biswas Manoj tiwary is not international material. Sorry my Bengal friend. And Ravinder Jadeja doesnt deserve a central contract(just like most of the players in Grade c). Praveen kumar should be in B

Posted by bigwonder on (October 26, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Some stats on what BCCI pays: Group A (Rs. 9 Crore/$1.67mil.), Group B (Rs. 4 Crore/$0.7 mil.), Group C (Rs. 5 Crore/$0.9 mil.). Total for all group all players (Players: 37, Rs. 18 Crore, $3.3 million). BCCI's budget is way bigger than this, so I wonder where the majority of the money goes.

Posted by SamRoy on (October 26, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I agree with @Edassery. Nobody except Virat Kohli deserves a grade A contract. If performance is the main criteria both Dhoni and especially Sachin should be demoted to Grade C. Ashwin hasn't done anything significant away from home (even though he is my favourite player currently) to deserve a grade A contract. And Sehwag and Gambhir and Raina, how do they get grade A contracts? Is it a contract for non-performance?

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 26, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

The last i read about Sreesanth was he had enrolled in Kerala Actors Guild and was waiting to read scripts. So not surprising he has been omitted.

Posted by Legaleagle on (October 26, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Its funny how fans from other countries cannot digest the fact that BCCI has so much money for its players. Bangladesh sells one series broadcast rights for $50,000, but in India a single C grade player makes that much money.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

ashwin deserved to be in GARDE A ....moreover who cares about these contracts as long as IPl is giving them crores...for example useless players like saurab thiwary ,uthapaa ,parthiv patel got crores who had not played for india for years....sourabh tiwary is the worst case (6 crore)..

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@Haleos - Badri not cut for internations? What makes you say that? He palyed 2 Tests against SA fast bowlers at thier peak and in the 1st test he was the only one that made a 50 apart form Viru, he failed in the other test and was shunted out. Now tell how may palyers in the XI have made history in thier first 2 tests and that too against such top class bowling. He was picked for ODIs against Windies when he should have played ahead of Raina in Tests. It was selectors mistake. Don't just state opinions just because you want to. Look into facts.

Posted by Rajeshj on (October 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@Haleos: Why do you single out players like Badri, Mukund and Vijay... Why do you say Badri is not cut for internationals??.. why do you say Vijay is overrated??.. do you mean to say that Parthiv Patel, Shikar Dhawan, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Chawla, Rahul Sharma etc. have greater potential???... and on what basis... Badri/Mukund/Vijay, never got a lengthy rope like some of them in this list... Mukund got a few chances in a tough English tour where even the elite Indian batsmen scored nothing... mind you, even Kohli didn't score a decent score there... still he got axed... don't be too narrow-minded and look at a player for what he is and not from where he is (TN).. its disheartening to see the South players alone getting such rough criticisms...

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

y Vinay Kumar is in the list? he is totally useless

Posted by androyuvi on (October 26, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

To those who say Ashwin doesn't deserve this: He is no. 4 in ODI bowlers list, and he plays all format ans ofcourse he is India's lead spinner..... To the one who said, had he been in PAK or SL, he wouldnt have got central contract, well, he is not in PAK or SL: He is playing for a country which has the richest cricket board, so you keep whining..... And for the one who said about the number of matches Ashwin has played: Yeah, this contract is for the coming year, and not for life, and it is entirely based on last year's performance and and the probability of him playing future matches.

Ashwin deserves it as anyone else in that list. All others who don't like this, you can just cry as it has already been decided!

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (October 26, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@ counterstrike1.6 = who says 'Ajmal must be wondering - what this Ishant Sharma has done, that he is getting way more money than me. Your answer is - Ajmal was born in wrong place at wrong time and plays for wrong team . A lots of wrongs and he is paying price for it ;) But hey he has the HONOR and PRIDE of representing his team and that should be good compensation for him as per his own remarks,

Posted by asa_ind on (October 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

@Narbavi, with or without murali, we've played good cricket so far, we don't have players who blame for pitches, climate, umpires, D/L, or bat, ball.... funny :)

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

To Selectors - Hum Nahi Sudhernge (We would n't change for Better!) - Keep awarding those up to No good players - Financially as well as confirmation as to we are ready to take a drumming from England and Aus @ Home!

Posted by indian_fight on (October 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

once again rohit in grade B,tiwary in grade C.what Rohit have!!!!despite so many failures he is geting so many accolades.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Harbhajan must be Grade-A. This decession is not right. Suresh Raina should be Grade-B. Ishant Sharma should be kick-out from the list. He is the worst bowler in India. Please include Unmukt Chand in the list.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

where is manoj tiwary?? he played for india with a century!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 26, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

10dulkar and Sehwag in Grade A? What a shame! They haven't done anything for Team India in last 1 year. They might have been great players in the past, but at this point they are just fringe players who don't deserve a place in the Indian team.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

numbers in C grade should have been reduced, can't understand what W.Saha is doing here....there is no future plans for Badrinath.....as Anil kumble shown his faith in M Kaif should have been included on the basis of his domestic form & keeping Tests in mind.

Posted by Rahul_Acharya on (October 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Raina in Grade A and Rohit in Grade B?

Posted by crindex on (October 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Two most important bowlers in Indian conditions for this season - Bhajji and Ishant are demoted. I am not convinced about Ashwin. He seems to have reached a plateau and needs to find move variation in his bowling in foreign conditions.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

What a shame ? Badri is there but no Mohd. Kaif. It is only regional politics.Why always choose Badri instead of Kaif.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 26, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

@Dilshaad Mubarak: Wow really? Name one lankan spinner in your current team who has better stats than Ashwin? Isn't it funny how u come up with such stuff when your own team doesn't have a great spinner after murali's retirement

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Rohit Sharma - I thought he would be thrown out! Forget giving him a class.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Rohit in B. what a shame?

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

watever grade players may be butb pacers like yadav and ishant shd be given chance as well as they shd bowl n good pace n goodline n length... pls make sachin to play all 1st class game...atleast he s needed for tests

Posted by Bruisers on (October 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Scrap people like Mithun and Balaji forever and give contracts to Chand, Mandeep, Rayudu, Awana, Abdulla etc.

Posted by Haleos on (October 26, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

@ boredkumar - add to that the likes of Vijay (Overrated utter ordinary) and Badri(not cut for internationals). SRT should be paid per match that he plays. He does not deserve a fixed salary as he picks and chooses a lot nowadays. He needs time with family when India matches are on but still continues to play Mumbai Indians matches anywhere in the world. Ridiculous. Loosing all respect gradually.

Posted by Haleos on (October 26, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Whats Badri, Mukund, Vijay doing in this list?

Posted by Edassery on (October 26, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Based on the form and techniques in the last 6-9 months, half of them in the list doesn't deserve any contract. Probably Virat Kohli can be A. Since Tendulkar has to go out half way this year, he shouldn't have been awarded a contract. If he doesn't quit this year, going by his form and fitness, he should be in B along with Zaheer, Sehwag, Gambhir, Bajji, Yuvi, Ashwin, Dhoni etc. And further 8t to 10 people from the remaining in C.

I do not know why only BCCI contracts so many people. Ideally, you need hardly 15 - 18 people on permanent contract, rest on ad hoc call - just like other cricketing bodies do.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (October 26, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

lol I'm surely a better all-rounder than Ravindra Jadeja but still he is getting much more than me. Damn !! Reason - I didn't go for Cricket as my Profession :P .... But on a serious note, some-one like Ajmal must be wondering - what this Ishant Sharma has done, that he is getting way more money than me.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Ajit Agarkar is better batman, better bowler in term of strike rate. And as a bowler economy rate is marginally poorer at 5.09 as compared to zahir's 4.93. Already ajit is near 300 wickets in lesser number of one day internationals. His style of bowling is better suited for one days and derve a place in team atleast to complete his 300 wickets

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (October 26, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Rohit Shrma in Grade-B and Praveen Kumar , Manoj tiwary in Grade -c ? Disgraceful. Praveen Kumar and Manoj are still great assests of ODI cricket.

Posted by M.I.Fan on (October 26, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

For Grade C, Parwinder Awana for Abhimanu Mithun as we need fast bowlers and not medium pacers and and Ambati Raydu for Badrinath who at 32 years is at best going to be a short term proposition and one dimensional. He also did not fare well in the West Indies.

Posted by DINESHCC on (October 26, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

CRICKETMAAN: Only the likes of Munaf, Parthiv, Badri, Yusuf, PK and Balaji!! will not play for India again? There are 4 players from Grade A, 3 players from Grade B and 11 players from Grade C should not play cricket not only for India but also for their home State in Ranji Trophy matches.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 26, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Grade A consists of one format players now. Apart from Dhoni, Virat, Ashwin and Gauti, almost everyone plays max 2 formats only. Ahswin could have obtained the Grade A only because there aren't enough strength in the team to be placed in Grade A by default. Good to see Purjara, Rahane and Umesh in Grade B. They are the guys on upper ladder and should be upgrading themselves into Grade A by next 1/2 years. Worst thing is, the Grade C guys. Apart from Vinay, Tiwary, Saha, Varun, Dinda and to certain extent Badri, Rahul and Praveen, rest are all failures at top level. Sad to say but we don't have obvio0us talent which would take world by storm. They can surely serve as fill in but i dont believe them to be a game changers.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Raina A! LOL!!!!!! Wats up with BCCI!!!!!

Posted by mqry on (October 26, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

@Debopom Biswas: Nothing against Manoj Tiwary... But he is yet to be a permanent member of Indian team.. whereas Pujara is already one & Rahane is being groomed for the openers position. Further people who play more than 1 format of the game are likely to be in grade B list. Its good to see Dinda getting some recognition atlast

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

tendulkar is finished should have been demoted

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

I think Grade should be based on Performance in Test Cricket/ODI and recently Only Kohli is deserving players in Grade A.All others like sehwag/guti/dhoni/raina and even Sachin still under scanner regrading performace and getting the Grade A Contract due to senior Players thts not good for the Indian Cricket. Rohit sharma should be in Grade C BCCI should introduce Grade D to encourge the Domestic Performance.

Posted by dnwisdom on (October 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

what parthiv patel is doing in grade c. better give those money for charity

Posted by RajjDesai on (October 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Ashwin has just played 8 test, 40 ODI and 15 t20 if my stats are clear... and never the less he is not that a great bowler .... I wonder how can he get grade A contract with playing such less amount of int. cricket.... what do you think guys isn't there something wrong with this case?

Posted by kapilesh23 on (October 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Manoj Tiwari does not deserve grade C because all he do is warm the benches. Why is Ajinkya Rahane in grade B may be for being such a wonderful water boy. Rohit Sharma should be in grade A on the sheer number of matches that he has played "that is real hard work". Yuvraj Singh grade A, ohh yes for his brilliant performance last year in mrach-april and great left arm spin bowling in T20. Suresh Raina I don't understand his case may be for having talent to always stay in the ODI team.

Posted by sudheercric on (October 26, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Considering the future fixtures,Manoj Tiwary should be in GRADE B. It's absolute negligence by BCCI to not take care about P Kumar and A Nehra, who were India's prime bowlers along with Zak last year PK should have awarded GRADE B and A Nehra should be placed in contracts list atleast

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

where is ambati rayudu..n what parthiv ... is doing here

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Have money. Spend them as you want.

Posted by azhar44 on (October 26, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

except kohli no one deserves gread A

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

why Manoj in Grade C & Rahane in Grade B?

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

2 players who should be there : Unmukt Chand and Harmeet Singh 2 players who sholdn't be there:Parthiv Patel and Piyush Chawla

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Also surprised to see Praveen Kumar and Rahul Sharma in grade C...

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

WHY Manoj Tiwary in Grade C??

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@Narbavi Raina is playing in 3 formats....he deserves Grade A...He is top player in ODI's and T20's.....

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Ashwin awarded top BCCI contract? (lol). How funny...... This simply clarifies Indian future cricket is heading in to a disaster. Ashwin would have not even received a central contract if he would have been playing for Lanka or Pak. A club level bowler. But India rates him high.

Posted by nilesh91 on (October 26, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Indian selector please select the Test team from grade A and B , leaving suresh raina, rohit and pathan to make 15 member squad. And I think this is clear indication that Rahane is next in line after Viru and GG, that very good indications indeed!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

I feel Irfan pathan should be in Grade A, When ojha and bhajji in grade B then ofcoarse irfan should be in grade A, he is one of the fine All rounder in indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Very surprising to see praveen kumar in Grade C

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

It's sad to see only one pacer and one regular spinner getting a Grade A contract. Why would the young generation get inclined towards bowling if there's such little respect for them?

Posted by boredkumar on (October 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Grade C is supposed to be the bench strength. if Jadeja features in that with the likes of Munf, Piyush Chawla. its a sorry stte of affairs for the indian team!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

where is ajinkya rahane.....ambati raydu

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Can some one educate me on the criteria for Grades? Thsi apart from the performance onfield. I mean would like to know how many matches across formats one needs to have played to fit into a certain Grade. Theare a few names that haven't featured for India XI consistently in the past 12-18 months, they may have been in fringes though. Especially Grade C, there are a lot names that may never play for India again. Likes of Munaf, Parthiv, Badri, Yusuf, PK and even Balaji!!..they also need a Grade D for the likes of Chand, Bist, Jalaj Saxena, Binny to reward domestic performances.

Posted by Vivekaks on (October 26, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

They make more money through endorsements!!!

Posted by Narbavi on (October 26, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

What's Raina doing in Grade A? And u guys still offer Rohit Sharma a contract in the first place? Genius and for me demoting Praveen Kumar to Grade C from Grade B is a disgrace, what the poor lad has done to get neglected like this?

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 26, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Look at the number of people in Grade C Ridiculous.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

In times of fast bowling crisis, where on earth is Ashish Nehra on BCCI's radar? Are they considering him a spent force already? I don't see them giving him a lot of chances in the domestic circuit either.

Posted by rustyryan on (October 26, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

25 L for Abhimanyu Mithun???? He hasn't played any intl cricket.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

BCCI's central contracts is it for a month pay/match....????

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Manoj Tiwari should be in Grade B, when players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav also in Grade B........

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