India news November 11, 2010

Raina replaces Yuvraj in BCCI's top contracts list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Suresh Raina has replaced Yuvraj Singh in the Grade A level - the highest - of the BCCI's list of central contracts for 2010-11. Virat Kohli, M Vijay and Pragyan Ojha have moved up to Grade B, while Rohit Sharma has been demoted to C. RP Singh and Munaf Patel, who were previously in Grade B, have not been offered contracts.

The board has made several changes to the structure, reducing the total number of contracted players from 41 to 24, and doing away with Grade D. The annual retainers have been increased from Rs. 60 lakh to Rs. 1 crore ($135,594 to $225,990) for Grade A and from Rs 40 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh ($90,396 to $112,995) for Grade B. The fees for category C remain at Rs. 25 lakhs ($56,498).

Yuvraj has had a forgettable 2010, with indifferent form and fitness dogging him through one of the toughest phases of the career. He was disappointing at the World Twenty20 in the West Indies and was subsequently dropped for the Asia Cup but returned for the Tests in Sri Lanka. In the first Test, he scored 52 and 5 in Galle, before missing the second with fever. He was declared fit to play in the third but was passed over from the final XI in favour of Raina, who had replaced him for the second Test and scored a century on debut.

Gautam Gambhir has, on the other hand, been more fortunate and has retained his Grade A classification despite an indifferent year - he has missed three of India's last six Tests with injuries, and has bagged ducks in the second innings in each of other three. Rahul Dravid, who has been out of India's limited-overs plans since the 2009 Champions Trophy, also features in the A category, despite his recent dip in Test form.

Karnataka seamers Abhimanyu Mithun and Vinay Kumar, who forced their way into the national side through impressive shows in the 2009-10 first-class season, have been added to Grade C, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a fluent half-century against Australia on Test debut.

Dinesh Karthik, who has been in and out of the one-day side as a back-up wicketkeeper and a make-shift opener, has been axed from the contracts list, along with Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Dhawal Kulkarni. Shikhar Dhawan, Abhishek Nayar and Sudeep Tyagi also find themselves out of contracts.

Grade A: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan

Grade B: Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Virat Kohli, M Vijay, Pragyan Ojha

Grade C: Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar

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  • dummy4fb on November 17, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    GRADE A: i think all players who are regulars in the test team have been awarded grade A...hence yuvraj singh misses out... GRADE B: all plyaers who feature regularly in ODI s have been awarded the grade exception being murali vijay and that's because he also features in the test side. GRADE C: grade C involves players who are neither regulars in tests nor in ODI s but are seen as good replacements. The best part is that players like yusuf pathan & robin uthappa may not have won contracts but they still have a good chance of getting into the one day squad if they keep performing consistently for the next couple of months. I also believe that india's main worry is not there batting as they have a very good emerging player in VIRAT KOHLI .Threr main concern is a frontline spinner to support harbhajan singh on the slow turning wickets of the subcontinent.I think R. ASHWIN should be nurtured for that role. That's it guys if u like what i write please comment!! good luck india!!!

  • Retire on November 15, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Jadeja should be given grade A contract bcoz he is d best alrounder for india over the last 3 years as far as selectors and dhoni are concerned. He contributed heavily with his alround skills (may be for opppnents) in ODIs and T20s. No one else in India is able to better Jadeja in allrounder slot. India have too many specialised batsmen and bowlers but have only one allrounder tats Jadeja. So he should be given given grade A or something more than grade A (probably A+). He helped opponents like England (In 2009 T20 WC) with his batting skills and Aus (In 2010 T20 WC) with his bowling ability to win matches.

  • Rumy1 on November 13, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Laxman is perhaps the best batsman in world right now. Gambhir must make way for Jaffer. It's time to get the country's best bat who is not in the team back into the team. Technically and temperamentally Jaffer is the most well equipped for No.2 position and is a much better option than Vijay in Tests. Dravid must retire now. He clearly is struggling these days. Time for him to bid adieu. Pujara must be brought back in. Raina must go. He is good for ODIs and T20s but doesn't have the technique or temperament for Tests. No, Yuvraj shouldn't replace Raina. Yuvraj has got enough Test chances and is good for ODIs & T20s like Raina. Rohit like Yuvraj doesn't merit a Test place either. Kaif deserves a Test chance provided Dhoni agrees. Kaif as a wounded tiger will grab the opportunity with both hands and could be a threat for MSD as a potential future Test captain. Else Badrinath merits a Test cap. Ishant needs to be brought back in the Test XI. He is a special talent. Ojha must be persisted

  • ms.arjun on November 13, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    The list is good and understandable..Yuvraj is definitely going to make a good comeback soon and get promoted to Grade A...the odd man out here is Jadeja. God only knows why the selectors and Dhoni himself keep such high hopes on him. Please send him to domestic circuit for few more years. That guy does not deserve the status of an International player, and for God's sake dont make him a part of WC squad. I know you guys are stuck with no option, as you have made none for almost 3 years now. But including him in WC squad is nearly a suicide and including him in playing 11 is a definite suicide.

  • jimbond on November 13, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    The names are mostly as expected with a few exceptions. One expects the A to be full of people with talent and the right attitude- which seems to be the case. Only with talent and no attitude may fetch a grade B or C based on performance. In which case, Rahane's exclusion from C appears a bit harsh, he is at least as good as people like Vijay. Irfan Pathan should use this opportunity to become fit, and play a few county games(if any county wants him)- and the BCCI cant stop him now from playing abroad. Piyush Chawla is at least as good as either Jadeja or Ashwin- I wonder why he was not given any contract, and what does the board have against RP Singh?

  • dummy4fb on November 12, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    dhoni just want kick out YUVI .....but he will come back with full form with the grace of GOD....then dhoni think about himself a dog....he split the team..dhoni keep in your mind everybody have downfall ...but god help thoese who are honest....but you r not....YUVI is best....

  • dummy4fb on November 12, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    hello everyone wow wow wow.....!!!!!!!!!! why everybody is unsatisfied with the outcome.well no doubt Dhoni has influenced indian cricket in larger sense and is playing part in every bit but dont forget cricket is a team game.all is well unless and until india is winning and this has been history of indian cricket.sledging yuvi and begging him to win a world cup......very funny.if u want to divide players on the basis of contract just as BCCI does then dont beg to remove sharad pawar because u all fall in the same shell and sounding morons.chirping for ur own local lads.......good but y to compare with everybody in hell. there were days when india had hard time to find potential match winner and it posseses 3 to 4 still nobody is happy. STRANGE BUT TRUE.....!!!!!!!!!!!! REMEMBER dont write off yuvi ,he is going to be champ of world cup..........I bet.

  • dummy4fb on November 12, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Its disappointing to see the best all-rounder the world has ever produced Sir Ravindra Jadeja in Grade C contract.

  • AQsq on November 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    To Alok505, I like your idea, but if I had to choose a squad for India's ODI team it would be this:

    Openers: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag Middle Order: G.Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni Allrounder: Irfan Pathan Bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar

    Bench: Robin Uthappa (As back up keeper), Ishant Sharma, Ojha, Virat Kholi.

    This would be my squad, Dinesh Kharthik has been given soo many chances but he has not done anything to prove himself as a good player and worthy to be in the indian team. Uthappa should be given a chance. Players like Rohit Sharma, Ravindera Jadeja are useless, they dont care about the game, and are lazy. Rohit Sharma has talent but he doesent look like he cares about playing for india. Ravindera Jadeja, well you guys know about him, everybody hates him. From the starting eleven if Yuvi or Gambhir do not perform they can be replaced by Kholi, or Uthappa.

  • mshah184 on November 12, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    I understand ppl complaining about Jadeja. I dont think he is even a cricketer. But rest of the complains can be answered by following the domestic level games like Ranji Trophy, which is currently being played. MR. IK Pathan is not even in domestic level right now. So he can not be there at international level. And Yuvi needs to get back to the basics...start playing domestic games and go to NCA and improve his fitness.

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