Indian paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was demoted from Grade A to Grade B contract within the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the interval from October 2020 to September 2021. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced the contracts on Thursday (April 15) with Bhuvneshwar within the wage grade of Rs 3 crore, down from Rs 5 crore.
The Uttar Pradesh paceman has been grappling with accidents during the last couple of years. He missed the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and was then ignored of the squad for Australia in addition to England Test matches. His absence from Test cricket could possibly be one of many causes why Bhuvneshwar has been demoted to Grade B.
Bhuvneshwar gained the ICC’s Player of the Month award for March 2021 for his spectacular performances in India’s just lately concluded collection towards England. He was the standout bowler on both facet within the white-ball collection and was chosen the winner for the month by followers and the ICC voting academy.
“After what seemed like a really long and painful gap, I was delighted to be playing for India again. I used the time away to work on my fitness and skill and I am happy to be back taking wickets for my country. I would like to thank each and every person who helped me in this journey starting from my family and friends and my teammates. Also, a special thank you to the ICC voting academy and all the fans who voted for me and made me the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for March,” Bhuvneshwar mentioned concerning the ICC honour.
Apart from Bhuvneshwar, spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been demoted within the BCCI contracts. Kuldeep was among the many core group of Grade A gamers within the 2019-20 contracts listing, whereas Chahal featured in Grade B. Both have now dropped down to Grade C.
Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey, who’ve misplaced their place in India’s white-ball squads over latest months, have dropped out of the contracts listing.
BCCI Central Contracts for October 2020 to September 2021:
Grade A+: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
Grade A: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Okay L Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant.
Grade B: Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal
Grade C: Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohammed Siraj.