India news November 14, 2013

No central contract for Zaheer, Sehwag

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Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh find themselves out of a central contract for the 2013-14 season, while Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh find themselves downgraded in the BCCI's retainer list, released on Thursday.

Suresh Raina is the surprise inclusion among the five players in the highest grade; the others are captain MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, R Ashwin and Virat Kohli.

The list also features five players who were not rewarded with a contract last year. They are Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Grade B), Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Jaydev Unadkat and Mohit Sharma (all in Group C).

While Zaheer and Sehwag featured in Grade A last year, Harbhajan was included in Grade B. ESPNcricinfo understands that they were axed because none of them is assured of a place in the team in any of the three formats. Their exclusion need not, however, be the end of their career, because BCCI rules say that any non-contracted player who features in any international match during the contract period is awarded a Grade C contract for the rest of the tenure.

Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay have been upgraded from Grade C to B for their "exceptional" performance in the last contract cycle, while Rahane's demotion on the reverse route was due to the fact that he has failed to make most of his limited opportunities.

Tendulkar's mention in Grade A may have raised quite a few eyebrows since the veteran batsman is making his last international appearance during India's second Test against the West Indies. However, since the annual retainers are awarded on a pro-rata basis, Tendulkar would be eligible for two months' compensation since the beginning of the retainer cycle in October. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were also named in the top category and were paid proportionately during the 2011-12 cycle.

The list has been pruned from 37 last season to 25, the BCCI's rationale apparently being that many players had started taking an annual retainer for granted. "The list was extended last year in order to give fringe players the confidence. But now the Board feels only those who are in line of an India call-up should be awarded an annual retainer," a Board official said.

The contracts, decided by a three-member committee of the BCCI comprising president (N Srinivasan), secretary (Sanjay Patel) and chairman of selectors (Sandeep Patil), run from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.

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  • Nampally on November 14, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    There are some strange selections in each grade such as:2. Gambhir in Grade B- with little or no likelihood of him playing for India again 3. Ishant Sharma in Grade B after the worst season of his life which already pushed him out of the team 4. Vinay kumar in Grade C: With similar bowling performance as Ishant Sharma 5. Ojha in Grade B - even after taking 108 wkts. in 23 Tests 6. Pujara in Grade B while Raina is in Grade A- Even after Pujara having a Test batting average of 65- best test average for any current or past India batsman.

    It is imperative to have some performance parameters for ratings in different Grades instead of making a "Subjective" assessment of 3 BCCI members, which is always biased. It is similar to the ratings for employees of a large organization done annually for pay increases - which raises great distraught & dis-satisfaction amongst the less verbose but high performers.

  • on December 23, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    zaheer should get the chance to play and his guidance is more important for young bowlers. If not given chance to play India will miss a golden opportunity for next generation bowlers.

  • Ezhil_CricLovie on November 20, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    I hope thats is a fair decision by BCCI, dono y der is lot of fuss about Raina, when compared to ishant , vinay to b in grade b... he cud b in GradeA... He has been playing in all formats round the clock..And he has been playing at no 6 or 7 all the time and ask to up the run rate, obviously he has to hit or get out... with such expectation he avgs around 36.. which is far better to a batsmen at no.6 r 7.... and he shines well in t20 and ranks amongst the top 10 from the time t20 ranking ws introduced... i believe he deserves to b in grade A... tats y he s been pushed up the order by dhoni,, he needs time to develop in those positions given few chances to bat up the order and criticizing such is nt fair,,,,,

  • on November 19, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    again! Zaheer khan deserves a spot in the team in ODIs and Tests if not T20s! hes much better than Ishant and Vinay! Zaheer and Shami along with Bhuvneshwar can make up a lethal bowing attack! What part of that do the selectors don't understand! and Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only foster under Zaheer's guidance!

  • CricketMaan on November 19, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Yuvi should stick to T20 for the rest of his career? Same for Bhajji? And how long is it before Viru calls it a day. He may still be a hot property amongst global T20 franchises

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    could n' t understand why zaheer is not awarded the contract he will lead your bowling attack in upcoming test matches

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 16, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    very simple why raina got A. Shorter formats generate revenue, raina is better than pujara in shorter formats so included in grade A. Truth sometimes bitterness, people love shorter format that much.

  • YS_USA on November 15, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Australian and UK contracts are in millions, why indian contracts are only $158,000?

  • Nampally on November 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    @SriniDeva: You say Raina is 8 years old whilst Pujara is just 2 years Old! Is that the basis for inclusion in Grade A? Grade A is for deserving top notch Cricketers in India based on their form & performance. Pujara may be only "2 years Old" but he has scored 5 Centuries & 8 fifties in just 15 Test matches with an average of 65 - an unparalleled feat by any Indian! If Meritocracy is to be honoured here is a top notch Cricketer with very little backing who despite his outstanding record has been "left behind". I have always backed the deserving Cricketers & I still rate Pujara as the Best Test batsman in India today. He should be at the top of Grade A players ahead of other 4. I don't know why SRT's name appears amongst 5 named, when he has already announces his retirement.

  • rog123 on November 15, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    honestley i dont understand people complaining about the inclusion of raina in grade A saying he is not a part of test team. They need to understand that he is not entering into grade A this year.He has been in grade A for 3 years now ie from 2010 and remember he was dropped from the test team in 2011 after the england series.You have to look at the important point yuvi viru gambhir was all been part of grade A before along with raina. and they have been dropped from the team at various points this year and raina hasn't been dropped for the last 5 years from the odi and t20 team. And all of those who have made upward or downward movements have had a change in position in the team while raina hasn't. remember all these years yuvraj was in grade A while he was only playing ODI for india. look at all others sehwag,gambhir ,harbhajan and zaheer have all been dropped from indian team in all forms of the game. raina is also a senior player like them and desrves to be in grade A.

  • Nampally on November 14, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    There are some strange selections in each grade such as:2. Gambhir in Grade B- with little or no likelihood of him playing for India again 3. Ishant Sharma in Grade B after the worst season of his life which already pushed him out of the team 4. Vinay kumar in Grade C: With similar bowling performance as Ishant Sharma 5. Ojha in Grade B - even after taking 108 wkts. in 23 Tests 6. Pujara in Grade B while Raina is in Grade A- Even after Pujara having a Test batting average of 65- best test average for any current or past India batsman.

    It is imperative to have some performance parameters for ratings in different Grades instead of making a "Subjective" assessment of 3 BCCI members, which is always biased. It is similar to the ratings for employees of a large organization done annually for pay increases - which raises great distraught & dis-satisfaction amongst the less verbose but high performers.

  • on December 23, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    zaheer should get the chance to play and his guidance is more important for young bowlers. If not given chance to play India will miss a golden opportunity for next generation bowlers.

  • Ezhil_CricLovie on November 20, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    I hope thats is a fair decision by BCCI, dono y der is lot of fuss about Raina, when compared to ishant , vinay to b in grade b... he cud b in GradeA... He has been playing in all formats round the clock..And he has been playing at no 6 or 7 all the time and ask to up the run rate, obviously he has to hit or get out... with such expectation he avgs around 36.. which is far better to a batsmen at no.6 r 7.... and he shines well in t20 and ranks amongst the top 10 from the time t20 ranking ws introduced... i believe he deserves to b in grade A... tats y he s been pushed up the order by dhoni,, he needs time to develop in those positions given few chances to bat up the order and criticizing such is nt fair,,,,,

  • on November 19, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    again! Zaheer khan deserves a spot in the team in ODIs and Tests if not T20s! hes much better than Ishant and Vinay! Zaheer and Shami along with Bhuvneshwar can make up a lethal bowing attack! What part of that do the selectors don't understand! and Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will only foster under Zaheer's guidance!

  • CricketMaan on November 19, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Yuvi should stick to T20 for the rest of his career? Same for Bhajji? And how long is it before Viru calls it a day. He may still be a hot property amongst global T20 franchises

  • on November 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    could n' t understand why zaheer is not awarded the contract he will lead your bowling attack in upcoming test matches

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 16, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    very simple why raina got A. Shorter formats generate revenue, raina is better than pujara in shorter formats so included in grade A. Truth sometimes bitterness, people love shorter format that much.

  • YS_USA on November 15, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Australian and UK contracts are in millions, why indian contracts are only $158,000?

  • Nampally on November 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    @SriniDeva: You say Raina is 8 years old whilst Pujara is just 2 years Old! Is that the basis for inclusion in Grade A? Grade A is for deserving top notch Cricketers in India based on their form & performance. Pujara may be only "2 years Old" but he has scored 5 Centuries & 8 fifties in just 15 Test matches with an average of 65 - an unparalleled feat by any Indian! If Meritocracy is to be honoured here is a top notch Cricketer with very little backing who despite his outstanding record has been "left behind". I have always backed the deserving Cricketers & I still rate Pujara as the Best Test batsman in India today. He should be at the top of Grade A players ahead of other 4. I don't know why SRT's name appears amongst 5 named, when he has already announces his retirement.

  • rog123 on November 15, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    honestley i dont understand people complaining about the inclusion of raina in grade A saying he is not a part of test team. They need to understand that he is not entering into grade A this year.He has been in grade A for 3 years now ie from 2010 and remember he was dropped from the test team in 2011 after the england series.You have to look at the important point yuvi viru gambhir was all been part of grade A before along with raina. and they have been dropped from the team at various points this year and raina hasn't been dropped for the last 5 years from the odi and t20 team. And all of those who have made upward or downward movements have had a change in position in the team while raina hasn't. remember all these years yuvraj was in grade A while he was only playing ODI for india. look at all others sehwag,gambhir ,harbhajan and zaheer have all been dropped from indian team in all forms of the game. raina is also a senior player like them and desrves to be in grade A.

  • on November 15, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Nampally,

    Not so sure. Pujara does not play in all three formats, whereas Raina is part of all three formats. Thats one consideration for the grade level. I am sure that Pujara/Rohit will get upraged to A the next time around.

  • S_K_Bijarniya on November 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    who cares about this minor money? Harbhajan and Sehwag get around 7 8 crores from each IPL season.. i.e. Gambhir Gets 11.4 Crores for each IPL season.. If he wd have got 1 crore from bcci contract.. then Gambhir's total Annual income was 12.4 Crore.. not its 11.9 crore. and there is no big difference between 11.9 crore and 12.4 crore. Cricketers should do their work (play cricket) money will follow them some how.. if their board dont give them contract.. they can get contract by IPL/BBL/CPL/BPL/SLPL. ..

  • on November 15, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Goodbye Zaheer Goodbye Viru Wonderful players on the way to India's historic No. 1 Test ranking

  • on November 15, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    May be Zaher, Harbhajan, Viru are unable to pick BCCI contract list because of their age. (Zaher & Viru closing 36, and Bhajji 34) BCCI looking for youngsters. At this age these players nothing can do.

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    shikhar, Vijay, pujara, kohli, dhoni, rohit, ashwin, jadeja, bhuvi, zaheer and shami. team for first test in SA its now dhoni's team.. dhoni should decide his batting order..either he plays up the order or allow ashwin to bat at seven and play between ashwin and jadeja.. and India needs Zaheer

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 15, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Raina in Grade A and Pujara in Grade B?? The leading scorer of our test cricket is in Grade B?? That's such a shame shame. Hahaha...must be the joke of the century.

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    i agree with them. Raina is able to be in A grade . only bcoz he was man of the series in January vs England with his great 4 half century . now he has 18th rank in icc odi batsman and 8th rank in icc T20 batsman .

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Though BCCI did take some tough decisions (with respect to the players) in handing out the Central Contracts, its good that Ishant hasn't been demoted. The Media and People have already made a devil out of him which would have shattered his confidence for sure. Atleast retaining the contract would have given him much-needed self-respect and some confidence.

    Building of confidence takes a lot of time but losing it happens in a jiffy. Why does everyone forget the best times Ishant has had with the ball? A certain Ricky Ponting had a forgettable series against Ishant Sharma when the pacer got his wicket quite a few times.

    After Australian batsmen hammered Ishant including the 30-run over, Ishant was duly replaced and thats the biggest penalty for a player. Hope he works on his weaker areas and stages a come back.

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Why is Zaheer Khan out if Umesh Yadav is there in Grade "B" ?

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Sachin is retiring as a top class players. That's why he is in the Central Contract. He will stay with Next 7-8 months in the A GRADE.

  • Dilseben on November 15, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Edassery. I presume you are not aware of the fact that the contract runs from October to September, so Sachin will be paid proportionately i.e for 2 months. Even Dravid & Laxman were also treated in the same manner when they had retired in March & August of 2012 respectively.

  • srinideva on November 15, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @Nampally, Then, who would you suggest to replace raina in grade A..Pujara?? thanks for your biased view. I have seen you numerous time making the importance of Pujara in articles..Raina is doing fine in limited overs cricket and playing for 8 years where Pujara is 2 years Old..

  • on November 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    It seems performance is not the parameter for selection of contracts, as Ishant Sharma needs to start from club cricket again to find form, and under circumstances can Gambhir be considered ahead of Sehwag. If given a choice between Viru and Gauti, Viru is still first choice. And what about Zaheer, for SA tests the attack has to be Zaheer, Bhuvi and Shami if India intends to make any kind of impact there. Since its only 2 tests there so Vijay and Dhawan will open in both tests for sure, and then Pujara,Rohit,Virat,MS,then Ravi Jadeja is very risky No.7 we should go for Ashwn and four quicks. The XI should be Vijay,Dhawan,Pujara,Rohit,Virat,MS,Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar,Zaheer, Shami and Umesh. At lets tell SA by team selection at least that we intend to win the series

  • gyzaid on November 15, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Ashwin and Raina in Grade A .That is called Srinivasan effect...

  • cnksnk on November 15, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    All of us have our favorite players and it is no doubt that Zak, Bajji and Viru have contributed a lot for Indian cricket. This list is not drawn up by Dhoni but by an independent committee of the BCCI. The logic adopted is how have the players performed the previous year and how much are they likely to contribute in the future. By this yeard stick both Zak and Viru did not play much for India ladt year purely based in form and fitness. This list does not preclude the selectors from picking them or any one else outside of the list. And for all the conspiracy theorists the break up IPL team wise is as follows

    MI 4 CsK 7 RCB 4 KKR 2 PW 2 SRH 4 DD 1 Only KXI is not represented. If one sees the list it is a fair reflection on who has contributed to the teams performance. CSK is the onky team which has finished in the top 4 across 6 IPL and has been in the finals 5 times and winjing twicw. Also they aee the only team which has retained the core team over the years.

  • on November 15, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Only kohli and dhoni should have been in grade A . Pujara in n times better than Raina

  • Edassery on November 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Very BAD of BCCI to keep Tendulkar in the Contract list when he's retiring from ALL formats. If they want to give him money, it should have been in the format of a felicitation. Otherwise, it should have been in an administrative capacity. Now the question is why not someone like Dravid was treated the same way? BCCI is purely playing to the sentiments of a nation instead of fixing the known problems.

    Also, it's surprising to see a sub-standard cricketer like Suresh Raina and an average bowler like Ashwin in Grade-A. Only Dhoni and Kohli should have been there in Grade A. Where are we heading?

  • on November 15, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Why Raina is in the 'A' Grade. He is not a top class player at this time, and not in the Test team. Raina should b in the B Grade. If Raina is in 'A' grade then Rohit also be in the 'A' grade. If zaher and viru not pick in contract then why gautham. He is also same player like zaher, viru and harbhajan. (All are continuing a poor form).

  • ketaann on November 15, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    what's the need to give ishant contract he will never rise instead of all seniors should be given contract.

  • on November 15, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    u give ten 20 matches for some record to be created nothing wrong afterall he is a legend but when it comes to dravid laxman ganguly sehwag gambhir zaheer harbhajan irfan u forget that this are the people who took india to such a level where they are now so they are also extraordinary in every way so how come they been treated the way they are just stop it no one is bigger than the game stop every nonsence and let people enjoy the game

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    i think the right decision... shewag hasnt perform for team india in test or odi or t20 for the last 2 calender years... i think its the right decision to promote performers.... except suresh raina... i think he should be the next out of the india team... he has been given ample chances to prove his performance!!!0

  • King-Cobra on November 15, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I am still doubtful about Rohit Sharma. True that he is in a good touch, got a ODI double and backed it up with a test ton, all that. But he has to perform against Eng, Aus, SA in foreign conditions to be considered an automatic in the test squad. Same applies to Shikar Dhawan as well. In this aspect, I think Sehwag's contract should have been extended.

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Does Ashwin deserves to be in the A grade List??????? I personally feel Amit Mishra & Pragyan Ojha are Better players any day....

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    wow...what a list.....raina in A can i ask y????zaheer not featuring at all no sehwag, no bhajji ......Let's talk some facts, the penultimate series sehwag played, he was the second highest run getter against england only behind pujara with the likes of sachin, gambhir, kohli and dhoni playing. He was dropped after 2 matches against pakistan because he made only 35 runs. At the same time , kohli made 13 in 3, gambhir and yuvraj 34 in 3, can anyone justify why only he was dropped.Dhoni has a secure life after retirement because of his political stints and if sehwag and zaheer has already played their last match......hats off to honourable BCCI

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    this is not fair,this is not a team india this is team dhoni friends &chennai skings.i cant say about zahir , bhajjii but i say about viru no other player of world beter then viru as sport person he is the best .................

    i fustret now viru you also go england domestic and play for england againts india and show your opponunts that "viru is viru"

  • brija on November 15, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    true india has already got the replacements for sehwag,ghamber,yuvraj,harbhajan and zaheer,but the way they have been left out by bcci is nothing but shame for bcci.sehwag has 23 hundreds in tests @world highest strike rate of 82 plus and 18 hundreds in odi's@sr of 104. you young people,have some respect for these guys

  • on November 15, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Sehwag....What made him to dream about the Indian captaincy...LOL

    He will play only IPL now onwards...I was expecting this to happen one day.

  • on November 15, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Raina in Group A... I wonder may be because of Srinivasan & CSK team player he may be in the top.... Zaheer & Irfan should be included.... So it's only CSK players (except Kohli because of his top form) only will get A?

  • on November 15, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    murali vijay? exceptional performance?

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Poor Ajinkya Rahane , first he is taken on all the tours and never made to play. Then given one off matches and asked to prove his abilities all the time . Not giving a long rope for him to perform and prove his credentials is not a good approach .

    Give him more matches and say retain him for 2-3 years (on performance) and then decide to upgrade / demote his grade in contract system .

  • kluvsindia on November 15, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    This selection Committee is making all the unpopular but right moves. I can already see all the previous comments stating how good Sehwag and Harbhajan are and talking of their previous stats. And as far as i remember all you people were, a few months back, calling for their blood and to be axed in place of others!! What lovely irony from typical Indian cricket fans. Sehwag seems disinterested, unwilling to play under Dhoni and demanding batting spots to hide his week temprement. Gambhi has ego issues and is still having technical glitches in his batting. Harbhajan will have to do something extraordinary to remove Ashwin from the squad and that includes learning to bat from him. If anything Zahher should see this as a drive to get back into the team which is a little more easier for him considering our weak bowling resources. Yuvraj will have to tighten his game more considering that there are people breathing down his batting spot. So I think fantastic stuff from the selectors.

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Gambir and Ishant there why not Sehwag?. Compare to Gambir he has a better average, more experienced and have two triple tons. ..that means BCCI only compare the age of the players...?.

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Overall good job by selectors. Pujara should have been featuring in grade A though.

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    please bring back ZAHEER . he always give us wicket whenever we need..plzzz don't unfair with him....

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I feel disappointed for ZAK. What's his condition ? Is he fit ? Is he doing well in first class cricket ? We can't afford to side line India's best fast bowler after Kapil Dev just like that. Contrary to what I said at the beginning of my post, I would gladly make an exception on ZAK's case.

  • satishchandar on November 15, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Let us look at this way.. Grade A - For guys who are playing in all formats. Except Raina, all are ok. Grade B - For the guys who are capable to make it into Grade A sooner and the guys who are good in two formats and shd work hard to be considered in third format.. Raina fits in here but not Vijay Ojha and Pujara are almost certain in test slots. So acceptable to be in B grade. Gauti and Umesh need to be in C along with Ishantand Raina in B. C - Injury replacements and drinks carriers. By next year, i wish the likes of Rahane,Rayudu, Shami gets promoted along with Rohit Bhuvi and Dhawan. All these guys are already in line for promotion.

  • kriskingle on November 15, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    "....Rahane's demotion on the reverse route was due to the fact that he has failed to make most of his limited opportunities." Does anybody else catch the irony here?

  • D-Ascendant on November 15, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Fellow Cricinfo commenters: Can anyone think of a single reason why Mr. Useless Suresh Raina is rated so highly? Once he was a Young Talent. Now he is neither young, and nor does he have any talent to speak of.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 15, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Now that's more like it from the selectors. It's good to see the useless OLDIES being manhandled by the selectors. This is the NEW INDIA. The team is about achievers and consistent performers now. There is no room for extra baggages like Bhajji, Viru, and Gambhir in the test team. However, I feel disappointed for ZAK. What's his condition ? Is he fit ? Is he doing well in first class cricket ? We can't afford to side line India's best fast bowler after Kapil Dev just like that. Contrary to what I said at the beginning of my post, I would gladly make an exception on ZAK's case.

  • Manush on November 15, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    While the entire Nation has been in a hyper mood to give a big send off to the little master let us not forget Sehwag's achievements which are not scaled even by the today's hero Sachin. Sehwag is the only one Indian scored 300 twice and narrowly missed the third and still the record holder for scoring highest score in in One day games, but the way he is being treated is very bad in taste. He deserves a better send off along with Harbajan and Zaheer and not rubbing him further. Despite his poor health was forced to join the team which was failing in England and lost his place due to successive poor scores !!! In today's young and fit squad he may not fit in but deserves better closure like Ganguly, Lakshman,Dravid and Kumble

  • on November 14, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    Tendulkar gets a grade A contract? Are you serious? Why does the BCCI feel the need to ingratiate itself to Tendulkar in such a shameless fashion. And what does it say about Tendulkar's character that he does not decline it and ask that the contract be awarded to a deserving youngster instead? It must be pretty depressing for youngsters in the Indian team. They must be feeling like the thousands of talented female singers who lost out because Lata insisted on singing every song in every Bolloywood movie made from 1950 to 2010!!!

  • Munkeymomo on November 14, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Hm. Zaheer is a cricketer I've never really liked, but I respect a lot. He is a very clever bowler. Personally, as someone with tickets to the England v India series, I'd like to see him play. India, for all the talk of having no pace bowlers, seem to have found a good trio in Umesh, Bhuvi and Shami. Sharma is... not good. If they came to England with Zaheer, Bhuvi, Shami and Umesh they would cause serious problems. Play Jadeja or Ashwin at 7 (don't really rate Jadeja in tests or Ashwin outside of suncont, but it wouldn't actually surprise me if they did well, both improve quickly), and you have got a bowling unit which would do some real damage.

    I hear Zaheer has worked very hard on his fitness recently, so I'm surprised by this. Not by Sehwag or Gambhir though.

  • InsideHedge on November 14, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    lol Gambhir and Ishant, make the most of it lads, you won't be on any contract next year. I hate to keep picking on one player all the time but never in the history of the game has such a mediocre player as Ishant made so much money. In that sense, I salute him. Well Done!

  • on November 14, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    why did they not include zaheer , harbhajan and sehwag ? they deserve at least one chance, zaheer was injured so he couldnt play , harbhajan took around 20 wickets in last two ranji matches, these guys have performed very well in the past, why bcci is ignoring them,,they won so many matches for india,,this is not the right way of dealing with champion cricketer

  • on November 14, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    @Englishfan Sachin Tendulkar will be reciving this pay until he retires. When BCCI made this list they included Sachin not knowing he will retire now.

    Zaheer is the one man I cannot believe India are leaving out. None of the quicks India have, played in SA or Australia. Zak could have helped with the pacing conditions. Sehwag, and Harbhajan are right now no where close to coming back with the rise of the Indian openers and Ashwin. Ghambhir is most probbably not going to play on many of the India tours. Best of luck to India

  • on November 14, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    considering world cup will be held in oz, instead of raina we can have pujara to lend some solidity. ..

  • on November 14, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    so many times had raina humiliated himself, his supporters and selectors when he was found out on the big stage with short ball... its ridiculous to retain him in a list

  • BetterReading on November 14, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Strange things about this list: 1) Raina in A - should have been in B 2) Sehwag not in any list but Gambhir in B - Gmbhir should max be in C 3) Karthik, Saha in C - should not be in any list

  • ladycricfan on November 14, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Dhoni, Kohli and Ashwin play all three formats. Raina has been a constant in odi team for more than 8 years. Won the WC2011, CT2013. Giving him Grade A contract will attract/satisfy sponsors that ODI format is valued the same as the test cricket. Grade B players played very few internationals and/or play only in one format. Some are out of form at the moment. Grade C players are mostly new comers and bench warmers. Rohit sharma and D Karthik have been in and out of the team . Rohit only established for the last five months and DKarthik is unlucky to be born at the same time as Dhoni.

  • on November 14, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    jadeja, very much a regular member and performer in ODIs and tests, ranked 3rd in ICC bowlers' list ( was even ranked 1 recently), very successful in the few test appearances he has made, is in grade B...howzzat??? should have been in grade A...and raina being in grade A is pretty fine..he has scored consistently in ODIs and t20s, except the recent ODIs against australia...but really feel sad for viru, gauti, zak, bhajji and yuvi- the stars of india's WC victory...hope they all bounce back soon!!!

  • Nampally on November 14, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Three Chennai Super Kings players are in Grade A! Of the 3, Raina should have been in Grade B - exchange places with Pujara. Strangely, Zaheer is not given a contract. Does this mean that his playing days are over? ZAK in his present condition is far superior to Ishant (Grade B) and Vinay (Grade C). If Yuvraj & Gambhir are not likely to be in the future Indian plans- why give them any contract at all? I would create a Grade D ($20K US) for all possible Future prospects such as Chand, Zol, Aparajith, Manpeet Singh,Samson, Rahul, Yadev and a host of others. This will give them an incentive to press on with Cricket & not rely on their parents to support them. In fact Grade D should have about 20, as this is India's future. As per my earlier input, I would like to see performance quantification requirements defined by BCCI for eligibility to each of the Grades. Every Organization has it for rating its Employees. This arbitrary CSK bias is unhealthy for Cricket.

  • RibhavBansal on November 14, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I think including Raina in the A grade is a clear sign that he is going to make a comeback in the Indian test squad for the SAF series, not necessarily in the playing XI but in the squad, because all other players in Grade A play across all 3 formats ( barring Sachin, of course)

  • indianzen on November 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Its time we think about consistency, attitude and skills. Kick out Vinay, Ishant, Viru, Bajji, Gouti and Amit Mishra. I still don't know why were Vinay and Ishant playing against Aussies. I have a soft corner for Zaheer as he has atleast an year and half left in him and he can be very effective in English and Aussie conditions. With the current bowlers in the bag including Bhuvi, Shami, Umesh, Unadkat, Mohit and Dhawal we are moving into the smart zone of smart bowlers and not hard bowlers. We may not produce a 150kmph bowler but with 135 and swinging the ball. We are heading the right direction. Only thing to watch out for is the foreign tours where actual talents come out. Fingers crossed.

  • on November 14, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I really hate it when people comment before reading the article . You really did not read the article at all that's why you keep asking why SRT is included in the grade A contract list. Read the few lines Atleast from top , it was clearly explained there. ciao

  • on November 14, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    I think a very pity to see this Viru, zak and harbhajan out of contract. What I think, these player must be given chance when India play oversea. I don't see any of the present lot of player capable of play test matches out side india including M.S. Dhoni.

  • BigINDFan on November 14, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    The grades seemingly based on ODIs and T20s rather than Tests. Raina and Kohli are good at the short format but have not proven themselves at the Test level. Sachin being in grade A is well deserved and he will get prorated pay. The grades look fine barring that Ishant needs to be in Grade C.

    Gambhir and Yuvraj are lucky to get contracts since they are not performing while Dhawan will soon get to Grade A along with Rohit.

    Zak, Bhajji and Viru should retire and play T20s like Gayle. There is no way they can come back to the Ind team in ODI and T20s. However they can get into the Test squad provided they play Eng county cricket and get back in form. Viru and Bhajji should have retired after the WC2011 going out on a high. Zak should have done that too.

  • on November 14, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Out of the lot, Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma , Gautam Gambhir and Viru Sehwag should retire immediately.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Feeling sorry for Zaheer Khan! I think he deserves a place even if he is unfit. Wish him all the best!

  • CodandChips on November 14, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    India have better players than Zaheer, Sehwag and Harbhajan. Surprised that Gambhir stayed when you have Dhawan- may Gambhir as backup?

    Why is Sachin there when he is retiring?

    Why is Raina in grade A, but Bhuvi Kumar and Dhawan in B? Glad to see Yadav there, I really rate him highly. This shows the large extent of India's talent pool, something which other countries just don't have. This must be a golden age of Indian cricket.

  • sivanarayana on November 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    @Viswanath Sankaranarayanan The way of treating One of the great Indian Cricketers is very bad by BCCI.Don't think SEHWAG & ZAHEER will pack there cricket career. Who are we decide that????? Everybody's life common to get UP'S and DOWN. Now SEHWAG AND ZAHEER experiencing worst period in their career. IF you are kindhearted please give Confidence to them. THOSE WHO ARE NOW IN GRADE-A MAY COME TO GRADE-C OR VICEVERSA...who we are to decide....So don't think these situations we keep on going....I am not a SEHWAG OR ZAHEER fan..but I REMEMBERED what they done when Indian Team under critical Situation....APPLY SOME COMMONSENSE while posting....

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    sachin's contract will last only the length of his service (till november) , so he will get 2/12 * 1 crore (~17 lakhs). retiring decisions have nothing to do with central contracts, it goes like this - had he decided to retire after this test match was into it's 5th day, would he not be offered a contract? yes, he would have been because noone would have known he's going to retire at the day contracts were announced. So until the day he actually retires, he is given the contract he deserves, for the length of his service. Hope that avoided the confusion.

    PS: Raina @ Grade A ??? , like ... ???? I just, I .... ????????????? ????????????

  • Sensational_Smit on November 14, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Too harsh on these guys but hey they deserve that come on if u dnt perform for years and expect the board to keep giving u contract thats pathetic feeling... Perform or Perish gr8t work selectors Beware Ishant n Vinay ...

  • roook on November 14, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Zaheer is a suprise I feel sometimes indian bowling lacks a leader. Zaheer exclusion is no good for India.

  • OttawaRocks on November 14, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    So Ishant gets in and Zaheer is shown the door? Really?

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    sehweg & Zaheer come back of Indian teem

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    raina he dont know how to play test matches n outside asia n he got A grade contract its dhoni mark politics n sehwag n zaheer r out of form they rejected contract wht about raina what well he is playing rohit,dhawan,pujara 100 percent better player than raina

  • DADA on November 14, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Wonder what is Raina doing to got into Grade A. certainly not his cricket.

  • r1m2 on November 14, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Got it mostly right, but also makes me feel that Suresh Raina must be a well connected individual, for continuing to be selected in the final XI, and now being rewarded a Grade 'A' contract? On the basis of what actual performance?

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Zaheer's omission is ridiculous! Even a fat, unfit Zaheer Khan is better than the utterly useless Vinay Kumar any day. Way to treat your best bowler of the decade.

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Bhajji is performing well enough in ranji matches :) zaheer tooo but sehwaag shuld be droppes frm ideas thats good decision

  • on November 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Somebody's got to back pujara to play in the odi's he will be just as lethal in the odi's as test cricket. It would be a big waste of talent if he is only played test matches and not Odi's. they should give him a try in the tour against south africa. He just went there to play a couple of list A games.

  • on November 14, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Sehwag doent deserve a contract.. Good move by Bcci.See his last 10 innings score in domestic matches ,he plays at 4 and he has 1,15,38,7,5,8,59,11,30,0 not even a score crossed 60 and then how will he get a contract... Raina in Grade A is not a good move.. He should be in Grade B... Zaheer should be in Grade C atleast... I dont see him being 35 good enough for tests ,but surely he is a must In ODI's seeing his skilled death bowling. Vinay kumar doesnt deserve to be in the list... And Either Rohit or Pujara should be in Grade A... Ashwin yeah he is rank 1 all rounder in tests... Top 10 in bowlers in tests and has a reasonable Odi record also... No issues with Ashwin....Instead of saha ,bcci could have given a conract to Baba Aparjith... This guy is keep on scoring lot of runs.. I bet he is the future of India way ahead of Unmukt chand...Irfan is always getting injured ,how come one expect him to be in the list... Another guy who i feel unlucky is Manoj Tiwary,getng injrd at wrong time.

  • cricktwins on November 14, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Removing zaheer is a poor decision.. He s very intelligent, crafty, experienced and can score 20-30 runs with bat.. Only downfall for him is his fitness to bowl long spells.. Something in my mind says if we do not pick him for SA tour we will suffer.. shewag, habhajan are successfully replaced by dhawan and ashwin..

    jadeja, ashwin, zak, bhuvi, shami form a team of spin, pace, swing combination.. dhawan vijay pujara rohit kohli dhoni forms a good batting order in SA tour..

  • on November 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    India has to play 9 overseas test matches in this season out of which 5 are in England, 2 each in NZL & SA. Zaheer has a strong case for these tours. About Harbhajan I can say it will be difficult for him to play a single test match this year but Sehwag should be given a chance as a third opener against NZL if dhawan or vijay dont perform well enough in SA.

  • on November 14, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    the message is clear from bcci to these three to pack their luggage& call it a day.This again means that bcci is not going to consider them for SA tour. I was particularly confident about Zaheer against SA or Nzl. BCCI should have demoted them to Grade B like Gambhir & Yuvraj. BCCI really needs to clarify criteria for selecting gardes. Grade A should be given to those players who are playing all formats of games.

  • Fan1969 on November 14, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Zaheer out and Ishant still in. It explains why Indian pace bowling is poor.

    Vinay, Mohit and Unadkat will be of no use other than playing a few ODIs. They will never get a top quality batsman out in TESTS with average pace and limited swing.

    Shami and Bhuvi are doing well against WI. However playing AWAY TESTS in SA, NZ, England series we would need Zaheer to guide these youngsters along with Umesh to provide pace.

    Does the board think Ishant will guide others and do a job better than Zaheer? Even if Zaheer is not at the peak he needs to go on the tours so that top batsman dismissals can be planned.

    Ishant as a spearhead.....ahead of Zaheer give us INDIAN FANS A BREAK....!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    good to see sehwag out of the contracted players. Very good move by BCCI.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    If INDIA have a title of world cup 2011...because of ZAHEER KHAN ..check out all world cup matches whenever India need a wicket ,,khan gave them relief...Dhoni only have one bowler ...who take captain to wc ...Khan is best give him respect...

    As usual, any act of BCCI raises more questions than answers !! Difficult to comprehend Suresh Raina is counted in the top category and Ishant Sharma being in 'B' category. Of the players left out, only Zaheer Khan possibly deserves a look in for his sheer skills and could be an important player for the SA tour. Well, BCCI has its own methodology of doing any thing, which is not understood by anyone..

  • the_sport on November 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    No daubt that Suresh Raina is NOT performing in ODI and Tests like Grade A player, still BCCI awarded him Grade A contract that is very surprising for me. I guess, due to his T20 good record he is there at the top in contract. Sachin will be paid for 2 Months only (october and november). Watch out for Ajinkya Rahane, he has potential to play at any number from 01 to 04 in ODI. So project Raina (at Nr 04 in ODI) should be dropped and Dhoni should consider Ajinkya in playing 11. Zaheer, Bhajji and Sehwag should perform good in domestic series and they will be awarded contracts. I wish all these 3 players all the best. Love to see them playing for India again.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    Unfair to Sehwag.Raina certainly does not deserve a grade A contract, and even in the limited overs versio very bad decision..................

  • jitz on November 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Raina has done nothing special in spite of getting permanent place in the squad since world cup, on contradictory yuvraj has played like a champion apart from his last One day series , one man show in world cup 2011 and splendid performance in 20-20 world which earned the title for the nation, yuvraj should be backed for sometime

  • pull_shot on November 14, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    With vinay kumar,jadav undhkat, ishanth sharma,umesh in list i have no clue why zaheer is not there here. Remember he is champion bowler in wc 2011 can't say any thing really seeing yuvaraj has b contract

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Why's Sachin tendulkar?..?

    Unfair to Sehwag and harbhajan and jaheer.

    Why the amounts fixed at Rs 1 crore, why not Inflation indexation ?

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    why not included Ravindra jadeja in grade A, he got no 1 ranking in ODI and also shikhar dhaban deserve this grade, i thing suresh raina not deserve this position.

  • on November 14, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    form is temporary class is permanent....flying high with youngsters....soon BCCI will regret...

  • sreedell on November 14, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    very bad decision..................

  • IndTheBest on November 14, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Taking Sehwag, Zaheer and Bhajji out of contract is bit of harass. BCCI could have downgraded them to grade C to show that they are on decline. Most of the entry and exists should be done through grade C not from grade A!!

  • thinkgood on November 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Why Zaheer Khan did not get the contract while Suresh Raina who is so pathetic with his batting gets "A' grade? Why Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dawan are in grade B ?

  • STRAIGHT_TALK on November 14, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    As usual, any act of BCCI raises more questions than answers !! Difficult to comprehend Suresh Raina is counted in the top category and Ishant Sharma being in 'B' category. Of the players left out, only Zaheer Khan possibly deserves a look in for his sheer skills and could be an important player for the SA tour. Well, BCCI has its own methodology of doing any thing, which is not understood by anyone>

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    why Tendulkar is still there in the list :0 :0 why????

  • jimbond on November 14, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Raina certainly does not deserve a grade A contract, and even in the limited overs version- I think they need to look beyond Raina for the next world cup as it will be in Australia. M Vijay should have been in catgory C, B huvaneshwar Kumar should have been in A, and Ishant Sharma certainly did not deserve a B contract. The money is not very important for these players, but this does reflect the thought process of the Indian selectors. There is certainly no value for people who prefer well at the first class level.

  • devil_in_details on November 14, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Its a list of 25 so there are bound to be some who have not been setting the stage on fire lately ergo Ishant and Vinay. The inclusion of Raina though in grade A was a surprise. I thought Pujara had done enough to warrant a grade A contract but seems he is not really in the radar of selectors for limited overs teams. The most interesting thing was however the exclusion of Zaheer completely. It seems that he might not form a part of the SA/ NZ tours and selectors have finally decided to move on and go with the youth. Otherwise he may have got at least a C contract. Going for youth is never a bad thing but with India's still inexperienced attack , I thought Zaheer could have added value as the 5th seamer. Evidently the selectors dont think so.

  • yoohoo on November 14, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    What has respect got to do with not giving them contracts? Zak, Viru and Bhajji are all probably not going to play anymore, so why have them on contract?

    If and when they are selected to play, they will automatically come on Grade-C contract.

  • Baber_Baloch on November 14, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    if INDIA have a title of world cup 2011...because of Zhair Khan ..check out all world cup matches whenever India need a wicket ,,khan gave them relief...Dhoni only have one bowler ...who take captain to wc ...Khan is best give him respect.

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    absolute disrespect shown to players who have won many matches for the country and made the country proud.very poor decision by the bcci

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    A Grade A contract for Suresh Raina? More than the omissions, Raina's inclusion in the top category is the most surprising thing for me. Someone like Ravindra Jadeja who plays all formats, or even Shikhar Dhawan who has done very well since his test debut could have been understanbable, but this just is outlandish

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Let us not get carried away with emotions. The Indian team and the BCCI is just like any other corporate entity. The players are just like any other employee in a corporate entity. You cannot just cut someone off the list just because they had a bad day (or in the case of IS, but times). This is their livelihood and for most, they know nothing else but playing cricket. Imagine going to work tomorrow only to be told you are no longer employed. Only those whom ever got retrenched in their lives would know that feeling. ISharma and SRaina whilst I agree may not deserve their places here, need to be prepared properly, either for an exit or for better things.

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    OMG ............Ishant is still there in Grade B. Ishant should tell us what is the secret ??????

  • on November 14, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    is this d kind of respect bcci giving 2 players like sehwag,zak,bhajji ....... pity bcci .... dey should be respected for their outstanding services to team india .... main reason behind team india wc n no.1 test ranking were these players n now bcci is ignoring them ..... hard 2 digest

  • rajuramki on November 14, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    While Raina has done nothing special to deserve a grade A contract , Ishant and Vinaykumar should not have been awarded a central contract . I do not know what have these guys done to deserve the contracts while more talented players are languishing . BCCI could have been lot more thoughtful in awarding contracts so that players will not be complacent in future .

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. But I like Viru, Bhajji ,and Zak very much because of their talent. Feel extremely sorry for them. BCCI you should have given them due respect.Disappointed!!!!

  • know_ur_game on November 14, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Ishant after getting all that beating... still in Group-B !!!!!!! Vinay .................................................... in Group-C !!!!!!! And Zak is not there in the list. ridiculous.................. none of them or some others featuring in the list can be as good as a 60 year old ZAK..

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    glad sehwag is out . yuvraj deserves no contract either

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    waiting to see zaheer, shami,bhvneshwar trio.......what a bowling combination it will be.....amazing .....thn we can say we have best bowling combination in the world ....

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Ishant Sharma in B/Vinay Kumar is in C....selectors, are joking with us...these two doesn't deserve a place even in India A team, but they have got a central contract!!!!...what about Rishi Dhawan Varun Aaron Rahul Shukla Pankaj Singh Pawan Suyal or Ishwar Pandey??? despite delivering superb performances in IPL/Ranji/A Tours doesn't they deserve Indian team call up...

  • ramli on November 14, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    funny questions like where is Irfan, Badrinath, etc ... what have they done last season to warrant a selection? Irfan hardly plays any competitive cricket while Badri is past his prime for international duty ... let them do something this season to merit attention and then selection

  • ramli on November 14, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @CricketChat ... anyone playing all 3 formats of game for India for long time is an automatic selection for grade A ... Ashwin certainly qualifies for this automatically ... Raina's is surprising, may be done for enclouragement ... if Dhawan, Rohit continue their good work this season, they will be promoted to grade A ... fair selection I believe

  • keerthitommy on November 14, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    why raina is on A contract ?Pujara deserves that

  • India-Do-Well on November 14, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Let me make is simple for people who keep asking about Tendulkar........... Grade A - INR 10,000,000 for 12 months. Tendulkar will play 2 months in this fiscal year (Oct and Nov) so = (10,000,000/12)*2= INR 1,666,667...... he will get paid appox INR 17 lakhs as retainer (same policy for Dravid and Laxman) plus whatever an Indian player gets to play a test match (not sure of the amount) and in his case it will be two tests. For the rest who are there on the central contract, they get paid their retainer slab + match fees (test, odi, t20) provided they are selected for that series (may or may not play in the final eleven) . If a player who does not have a contract gets picked, he gets a pro-rated Grade C pay (see Tendulkar's eg to come up with the number) + his match fees.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    @ SABARI GIRI VASAN : Chk the status of Ashwin in ICC all rounders rankings, he is no 1 , with 100 wickets & 740 runs with 2 centuires ,that too batting at @ no 8 , in just 17 matches , doesn't he deserve Grade A ?

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    why dhoni is there in list A????? he should be in list c.........

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Couple of guys asking about Sachin. Please read it carefully. They mentioned it very clear and he will get proportional amount for only 2 months Oct and Nov only .

  • joseyesu on November 14, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Aswhin deserved this grade. In the playing 11 for all international(ODI, TEST, T20). Now also in allrounder list as No.1. Is that not enough to get this recognition..?

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    irfan missing...and also viru and zeck they will come back

  • India-Do-Well on November 14, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Can people not read? Seriously, from the article "since the annual retainers are awarded on a pro-rata basis, Tendulkar would be eligible for two months' compensation since the beginning of the retainer cycle in October. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were also named in the top category and were paid proportionately during the 2011-12 cycle..................... what does that tell you Tendulkar gets paid for two months same as Rahul and Laxman.... so for all the conspiracy theorists out there ...... No Special Favor for Tendulkar.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    why... zaheer and sehwag are out of contract... leqave sehwag.. atleast they could have included zaheer.. is jayadev unadkat better bowler than zaheer khan.. and is wridhiman saha better than sehwag..? what you are doing bcci..?

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    where is badrinath.he is excellent batsmen today and who can play for india anytime.ashwin the top allrounder and raina on grade A is good selection

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    where is irfan pathan in this?? :/

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    why Harbhajan is not there ? is it end of him

  • CricketChat on November 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    As of today SRT is still playing, so he is in the list. Other than Dhoni and Kohli, no one deserves to be in 'A' list. But for a couple questionable ones (Ishant and Vinay for sure), BCCI did a fair job. Not sure why Gambhir is still being considered when other seniors were discarded. I believe he is in the same boat as others. Selectors may be thinking he has an outside chance to stage a comeback considering his age. Correct decision on Shewag, Zaheer and Harbhajan. There is little chance these 3 are likely to play any international matches in the coming year, if at all. I see retirement announcements coming up soon.

  • 504429641 on November 14, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Guys its the yearly amount and it starts from Oct 1st 2013. Since Sachin plays till Nov 18th (end of 2nd test), he will get proportionately for 1.5 months.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @kramesh2811 - Can you please point out, who in Grade B is eligible for Grade A??

  • Mayank_Saxena1286 on November 14, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    This is not the correct allocation of players in the contract, Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag should be in the contract then could be in Grade C, Rohit Sharma & Yuvraj Singh should be in Grade A, Raina doesn't deserve the grade A, he is good in grade C, Harbhajan Singh should also be included in contract in grade C, Wriddhiman Saha, Vinay Kumar & Ishant Sharma doesn't deserve any grade, why they are into the contract because of bad performance, Cheteshwar Pujara deserve grade A Contract.

  • Raggie on November 14, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Cheteshwar Pujara should be in the A list otherwise how could you motivate young players to work on test match technique if raina is getting 1 crore simply because he is a regular in ODI then the youngsters would be happy to represent india in shorter formats you have to promote test cricket by paying higher to players who are restricted to test alone compared to the ones that are restricted to shorter forms.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    How on earth Ravichandran Ashwin made it to the Grade A???

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Hats off Raina... All the best

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Raina getting A contract and SRT gets a Contract when hes retiring...two of the great Jokes of BCCI

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    why sachin had got fresh contract..he is already playing his last match..lol funny

  • cnksnk on November 14, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Folks, while each of us are entitled to or ur opinion, there is certain logic attached to the categorisation. Cat A are players who are likely to be selected across formats and fatigue, injury not with standing are expected to play most of the matches. The only odd name is Raina who does not play tests and is not likeky to play in tests in the forth coming overseas tours of SA, NZ and later England. India typically plays about 10 - 12 tests in a year (60 - 72 days). We however play about 50 ODIs and about 5 - 6 T20s. The logic for Raina seems to be that other than the other 4 he is currently the only certainty for all the ODIs and T20s. Cat B and Cat C are either the lesser experienced folks or those who may play lesser number of days or may be on tour but may not get enough matches, example Rayudu, Rahane etc. Committe still believes that GG will over come his bad patch and will come back to the team. And I don think Dhoni has anything to do with his and the list is done by a Committe

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Why have they given a contract to Tendulkar?

  • ciby on November 14, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Why is Ishant Sharma in the contracted players list...Ponting has retired.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    y is tendulkar given a contract for free? he is going to retire after this match!

  • cnksnk on November 14, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @fatier.theses payments are contractual payments and will be paid irrespective of a player playing one or more matches in any of the formats. Match fees is over and above this based on selection. Selectors aree free to choose from these names or any one who is not in the list. Categorisation into A, B or C is based on such factors like seniority, ckntribution in the previius year and likelihood of the player being selected in most of the games. Players can keep moving up or down or out of the category from year to year. Bajji for example was Cat A a few years back, was down graded last year after he lost a place in the test team and now is not considered as he is not in the team in any of the formats. Clarification that has been posted as part of the live on line commentary is that this is from Oct 1 st and aince Sachin is in the team post that he is in the list. Payments will be pro rated but in the case of Sachin, well you never know.

  • kramesh2811 on November 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    This is ridiculous ! ordinary player like raina getting A contract , some good players are in B contract, FULL OF POLITICS.........

  • ramsrr on November 14, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    It is a gradual killing of seniors in our cricket team while Shewag and Zaheer not into the contract even though Zaheer has performed in recent Ranji matches Both Shewag and Zaheer has experience in international pitches and where as the present Team India had more wins within India only Gambhir though had setback deserves selection in Grade A and Yuvi World Cup winner too deserves in Grade A but not Suresh Raina is not a proved Test Playerand Sachin about to retire one wonders why a contract till 2014.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Players will get additional match fee, than this contractual fee, and don't worry about Sachin's contract, he will get only 3 months pay. The players in the playing eleven of the team also get an additional fee:

    Test Match: Rs 7 Lakh per match One-Day Internationals: Rs 4 Lakh per match Twenty20 Internationals: Rs 2 Lakh per match

  • srinideva on November 14, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Oh yeah, Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj all are match winners in the past. You can`t give a contract to a player based on the past. The player value should be considered in the present situation. I think they did pretty good.

  • on November 14, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Zaheer will be back soon ..rok sako to rok lo.......you can ignore him coz of fitness not of performance and now he has done hard work for the fitness nd he gained it... ...he will back nd you will see....

  • srinideva on November 14, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    What fuss about Raina? He is performed well in limited overs cricket. He got the reward for his 8 year service to Indian cricket. He is not a youngster in Indian team.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Pujara and Raina should swap their contracts

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    No contract for Sehwag? Atrocious! Equally atrocious is Grade A for Raina- His was a flop show in ODIs against Aussies - May be he is the Best Man to the Captain !!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan - they are down grade in this contract system last year also. if yes in Grade B or Grade C. if Grade C they can be ruled out but if in Grade B then why not first down grade them in Grade C. I agree Mr Upendra Chaudhary its all about Politics.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Sachin is in grade A because the contract is valid from 1 Oct 2013

  • teju666 on November 14, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    So Sachin gets paid this amount for 2 test matches or is that pro-rated?

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Is sachin going to play tests matches? why give him a contract when he is playing his last match

  • fatier on November 14, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Just a bit confused,is this amount their per match salary or is it some kinda retainer? If it is retainer,then what is their per match salary? Please someone answer me,please :)

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Common people, in Our Country India are surely very Volatile when it comes to Cricket & Opinions. By this it is very clear that from now on Team India = Team Dhoni. People Say that S.G was the most partial captain but fact & truth is that Dhoni is the true winner of this title. Raina is no good when you compare with Dinesh Karthik, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma but Just see He is paid above players like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma . I even Question inclusion of Mvijay In Grade B Vs Dinesh in Grade C. Is that justified ?

    ZK & Viru are most seniors plays India have & one of the Biggest Match winners. When you say Include SRT who is retiring & will not play in Grade A. Viru & ZK atleast deserve being in B

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Raina is good player , but I I can't get, is he better then yuvi. Yuvi World Cup hero !!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    SRT gets a contract. ridiculous.

  • MAYURESHmagic on November 14, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    zaheer will be back anyway and harbhajan might for mishra if he fails. no place for ishant.

  • encyclpaedia on November 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    what will be the status of sachin after his retirement?

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    gambhir is way better than pujara in odis

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I am shocked when I see this news. Sure youngsters are to be encouraged but in order to encourage youngsters you shouldn't throw seniors Zaheer and Sehwag out totally and remember their impact was very much in the past to lifted India to No.1. You should encourage them because they were game changers and still they are and they can be. And sorry Sehwag though I am your fan I want to say Sehwag already lost his place when he chose to bat down the order.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    why SRT is in the grade A

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    it's all about politics. sehwag and zahir out, gambhir and yuvi downgraded while ashwin and raina in top contract. why to have contract with sachin now ?

  • N.Kumaresan on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Suresh raina is not a Test Player. But he was selected in Grade A List. Compare to SR, Dhawan and Rohit were good player.

  • fatier on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I am confused,will they be paid 10 million per match or is it just a retainer? If it is just a retainer,then what is their per match Fee?

    Please answer someone :)

  • Zkky on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    srprsin 2 knw zaheer lost his contract......... I feel like he will not be included in the squad for south africa.......

  • satishchandar on November 14, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Raina is a bit over. Really a surprise inclusion. Only positive this of him is, he is settled in shorter formats and he is fighting hard by scoring heavily in domestic cricket in longer format too. He can always improve on longer formats. Vijay a little bit too. He just plays tests and one format guiys should be in Grade C. Would have liked Zaheer n Grade C. He has some cricket left in him though not proving in domestic that much. Viru is well past his sell date. I don't have any complains on his exclusion.

  • UnderdogsGalore on November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Does Suresh Raina's Grade A contract mean he will be selected for Test matches too from now on? If so, then it's ridiculous! And are these CSK contracts or BCCI contracts? A bit confused here!

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Correct decision by BCCI. So someone is finally thinking right there. No future for Zaheer and Shewag with so many youngsters performing well.. Correct decision. Even Gahmbir should have been out.

  • Masking_Tape on November 14, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sir Jadeja should have his own Grade! Grade J perhaps? Too good for B. On a serious note, why is Raina anywhere higher than Grade C? Over Vijay, Dhawan or Pujara?

  • wrenx on November 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Um, why does Tendulkar get a contract if he's just about to retire?

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    But why Sachin is given central contract!! Is not the ongoing test in Mumbai is his last match?

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    But why Sachin is given central contract!! Is not the ongoing test in Mumbai is his last match?

  • wrenx on November 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Um, why does Tendulkar get a contract if he's just about to retire?

  • Masking_Tape on November 14, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Sir Jadeja should have his own Grade! Grade J perhaps? Too good for B. On a serious note, why is Raina anywhere higher than Grade C? Over Vijay, Dhawan or Pujara?

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Correct decision by BCCI. So someone is finally thinking right there. No future for Zaheer and Shewag with so many youngsters performing well.. Correct decision. Even Gahmbir should have been out.

  • UnderdogsGalore on November 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Does Suresh Raina's Grade A contract mean he will be selected for Test matches too from now on? If so, then it's ridiculous! And are these CSK contracts or BCCI contracts? A bit confused here!

  • satishchandar on November 14, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Raina is a bit over. Really a surprise inclusion. Only positive this of him is, he is settled in shorter formats and he is fighting hard by scoring heavily in domestic cricket in longer format too. He can always improve on longer formats. Vijay a little bit too. He just plays tests and one format guiys should be in Grade C. Would have liked Zaheer n Grade C. He has some cricket left in him though not proving in domestic that much. Viru is well past his sell date. I don't have any complains on his exclusion.

  • Zkky on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    srprsin 2 knw zaheer lost his contract......... I feel like he will not be included in the squad for south africa.......

  • fatier on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I am confused,will they be paid 10 million per match or is it just a retainer? If it is just a retainer,then what is their per match Fee?

    Please answer someone :)

  • N.Kumaresan on November 14, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Suresh raina is not a Test Player. But he was selected in Grade A List. Compare to SR, Dhawan and Rohit were good player.

  • on November 14, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    it's all about politics. sehwag and zahir out, gambhir and yuvi downgraded while ashwin and raina in top contract. why to have contract with sachin now ?