BCCI's 2024 Men central contract

BCCI’s 2024 men’s central contract has been announced for the 2023-24 season (October 1st, 2023 to September 30th, 2024) with a total of 30 athletes. With the pulse of the nation firmly entrenched in the game, these contracts serve as a barometer of the players’ performances and standing within the cricketing fraternity.

Players in different categories from top-notch to the C grade of the BCCI’s Men 2024 Central contracts 

Category A+

The kids having A+ plus earn the most fits the bill here. This category pretty much remains the same as the previous year for the year to come with captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah and has seen the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja.

Category A

Indian red ball Specialists R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, and Shubman Gill are players to be included in category A of the central contract.

Category B

Indian T20 superstar Suryakumar Yadav leads the chart with Rishabh Pant who has had a horrific incident and is back to the business, Kuldeep Yadav, and Axar Patel. Yashavi Jaiswaal’s heroic start to the international career has made him earn the B category in the central contract list. 

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C Category

  1. Rinku Singh
  2. Tilak Verma
  3. Ruturaj Gaekwad
  4. Shardul Thakur
  5. Shivam Dube
  6. Ravi Bishnoi
  7. Jitesh Sharma
  8. Washington Sundar
  9. Mukesh Kumar
  10. Sanju Samson
  11. Arshdeep Singh
  12. KS Bharat
  13. Prasidh Krishna
  14. Avesh Khan
  15. Rajat Patidar

Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, and Tilak Virma however, were among the many new faces included in the central contracts list.

Cricketers who fulfil the eligibility criteria of having participated in a minimum of three Test matches, eight One Day Internationals (ODIs), or ten Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) during the designated timeframe will be automatically categorized into Grade C contracts, adjusting on a pro-rata basis. Salaries would be INR 7 Cr,5,3 and 1 Cr respectively.

Why Sheryar Iyer and KishanKishan were not given BCCI’s 2024 men’s Central Contract 

The big news remained the omission of Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan from the central contract despite the pair being an integral part of the multiple formats of the national team. In last year’s retainer, Iyer was in Grade B while Kishan was part of Grade C. The BCCI has walked the talk and dropped Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from the latest list of central contracts.

The cautionary note was issued against the backdrop of prominent players such as Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, and Deepak Chahar displaying hesitancy towards participating in the current Ranji Trophy season. 

This reluctance raised questions regarding their dedication to domestic cricket and resulted in their exodus from domestic Cricket. This exclusion of the players from the BCCI’s 2024 men Central contracts on the pretext of not showing seriousness to domestic Cricket speaks volumes about the assertion of the board on domestic Cricket.

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