New Delhi: The BCCI is likely to remove out-of-favour Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma from its annual central contracts. However, the likes of Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav may get promotion when the list for the 2022-23 season is finalised during the board’s apex council meeting December 21. Hardik Pandya, who is being seen as future T20 captain, is likely to get a promotion to Group B from C. The BCCI meeting, which has 12 items on the agenda, will be held via video conference.
A review of Indian team’s performance in the T20 World Cup and Bangladesh ODIs is not part of the agenda. However, if the chairperson deems it necessary, non-listed items can be considered for discussion.
In a novel gesture, the apex council will also ratify a one-time payment for V Jaydevan, whose rain-rule formula is being used in domestic white ball games for more than a decade now. At the international level, ICC uses Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS) while VJD is used for Mushtaq Ali T20, Vijay Hazare Trophy and erstwhile Deodhar Trophy and Challenger Trophy.
One of the major items on the agenda is BCCI’s ‘Retainership Contract’ of senior men and women cricketers.
It is understood that former vice-captain Rahane and speedster Ishant, who are out of India contention, will be axed from the fresh list. Stumper-batter Wriddhiman Saha will also be axed from the list as he was specifically told at the start of the year that he won’t be selected for India again.
An A+ contracts offers Rs 7 crore, Group A Rs 5 crore, Group B Rs 3 crore and Group C Rs 1 crore to the cricketers.
There are multiple metrics used by the BCCI in consultation with national selectors to determine the gradation system. A+ and A are two categories where the players are either all-format regulars or at least certainty in Tests along with one of the two white-ball formats. To be in Group B, a cricketer has to play at least two formats while Group C is primarily for single-format players.
Also, one needs to play a specific number of international games (per format) for inclusion in the BCCI list. The promotion however is performance-based and ICC ranking is also taken into consideration.
“Surya was in Group C but his performance in the last one year warrants a promotion to Group B at least, if not A. He is currently world No. 1 in T20I ICC rankings and is a serious contender in ODI team also,” a senior official, who is privy to the developments, said Monday on conditions of anonymity. Gill, who is now a two-format regular (Tests and ODIs) also can expect a promotion from Group C to B.
Someone like Ishan Kishan, who has played considerable number of international games across two formats in 2022, is likely to enter the list.
Pandya, who has now led the national team in two T20I away series, might be included in Group B after a string of consistent shows. He was demoted to Group C last year after missing a major part of last season due to a back injury.
The BCCI will also discuss the status of two of its premier jersey sponsors – edu-tech giant BYJUs and kit sponsors MPL. An infrastructure sub-committee will also be formed and upgrading of five venues will also be discussed.
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