Hardik Pandya promoted to Grade A in BCCI annual contracts; Bhuvneshwar Kumar drops to Grade B

Hardik Pandya was promoted to Grade A in the BCCI's Annual Player Contracts for Team India for the period from October 2020 to September 2021.

Hardik Pandya features in Grade A.   -  AP

Hardik Pandya was promoted to Grade A in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s Annual Player Contracts for Team India for the period from October 2020 to September 2021. While Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retained in A+ category, Hardik was promoted to Grade A from Grade B.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was in Grade A earlier, dropped to Grade B. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were demoted to Grade C. Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey - who were in Grade C in the last list - has been removed as they did not feature in any international cricket this year. Youngsters Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj were named in Grade C.

The players in A + have a contract of Rs 7 crore, while those in Grade A receive Rs 5 crore. The players in B and C get Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.

THE GRADES

Grade A+: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Grade A: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya.

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, Mohammad Siraj.

* Grade A +: Rs 7 crore, A: Rs 5 crore, B: Rs 3 crore, C: Rs 1 crore.