BCCI Announces Central Contracts: Big Updates Shreyas Iyer And Ishan Kishan Miss Out .

In a recent announcement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday (February 28), several notable changes have been made to the list of centrally contracted players for the upcoming season. Notably, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan have been excluded from the 30-member list, raising eyebrows among cricket enthusiasts.

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BCCI Announces Central Contracts:

Changes in Contract Categories:

  • KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, and Mohammed Siraj have been elevated to the Grade A category, reflecting their consistent performances and growing significance in the national team.
  • Rishabh Pant, who faced a setback due to a road accident, finds himself in Grade B this season after missing a significant portion of the previous season.
  • Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, and Mohammed Shami retain their Grade A contracts, underscoring their pivotal roles in the team.
  • Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja maintain their status in the A+ category, highlighting their exceptional contributions to Indian cricket.
  • Axar Patel moves from Grade A to Grade B, while Kuldeep Yadav sees a promotion from Grade C to B.
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal secures a Grade B contract as a newly contracted player, reflecting the promise he holds for the future.
  • Suryakumar Yadav remains in the Grade B category, demonstrating his value as a consistent performer.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara’s absence from the contracts this season marks a significant change, considering his Grade B status in the previous season.
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Expansion of Grade C Category:

  • The Grade C category sees an increase in the number of players, with 15 cricketers named compared to the previous season’s 11.
  • Ten new inclusions grace the Grade C list, including promising talents like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi, and Prasidh Krishna.
  • Notable retentions in Grade C include Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, and Sanju Samson, emphasizing the importance of their contributions.

Introduction of Fast Bowling Contracts:

  • A new category of contracts, Fast Bowling contracts, has been recommended by the selection committee.
  • Rising talents like Akash Deep, Umran Malik, and Yash Dayal find themselves included in this new category, highlighting the BCCI’s focus on nurturing fast bowling talent.

Criteria for Inclusion:

  • The contracts for the 2023-24 season will be effective from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024.
  • Players meeting specific criteria, such as featuring in a minimum number of Tests, ODIs, or T20Is, will automatically qualify for Grade C contracts on a pro-rata basis.


The announcement of central contracts by the BCCI reflects the board’s efforts to recognize and reward players for their performances and contributions to Indian cricket. While some faces miss out this season, new talents emerge, ushering in an exciting phase for Indian cricket. As the season unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate the performances of their favorite players on the field.

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