The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced new contracts for team India players. Like always, the players were divided into four categories, i.e. A+ (₹7 crore), A (₹5 crore), B (₹3 crore) and C (₹1 crore). Star Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are placed in ‘A+’ category, which also includes No. 1 ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Notably, BCCI left out MS Dhoni from the centrally contracted players and placed Rishabh Pant in ‘A’ category instead.
The BCCI announces the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020
Saini, Mayank, Shreyas, Washington and Deepak Chahar get annual player contracts.
More details here - https://t.co/84iIn1vs9B #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/S6ZPq7FBt1
Having debuted in 2017, Rishabh Pant has displayed sparks of brilliance with his batting exploits. However, the young wicketkeeper-batsman has also been criticised for throwing away his wicket at crucial junctures of a game. The news of Rishabh Pant being placed under ‘Grade A’ category seems to have not gone down well with the Twitterati. Fans took to the micro-blogging site to slam BCCI for their decision.
Rishabh Pant in A Grade 😂😂 if BCCI was allowed, ICC's player of the year would have gone to Pant.. 👏👏 https://t.co/OSvn1kF2V6— Writer Thakur (@IndianWriterV) January 16, 2020
Rishabh Pant has been given a Grade A contract. We are doomed. 😂😂😂— vedant (@MagicallZizou) January 16, 2020
Rishabh pant in grade A..— Dhiraj (@nimjedhiraj1) January 16, 2020
And kuldeep chahal in grade B...
What a joke
Rishabh Pant in grade A contract.. What a joke.. He needs to b sent to play domestic again till his keeping and batting improves, n he feels some responsibility for playing in Indian Jerseys— DIPEN MAROO (@dipen_maroo) January 16, 2020