Nehra gets Grade B contract, Irfan demoted to Grade C by BCCI

Nehra gets Grade B contract, Irfan demoted to Grade C by BCCI


Ashish Nehra

Delhi pacer Nehra, who made a fine comeback into the one-day squad after being in the wilderness, did not have a BCCI contract in the previous year.
Irfan, currently playing in Ranji Trophy for Baroda, was demoted to Grade C after being placed in Grade B in the previous period while his brother Yusuf was retained in Grade C for the period of October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.

Uttar Pradesh pacer Praveen Kumar also benefited in the new contracts announced today by the BCCI for 40 players as he got a boost from Grade C (Rs 25 lakh) to B.
The Board retained the same nine as last year in Grade A which is worth Rs 60 lakh.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar, in his 21st international season, were expectedly given Grade A contracts along with Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.
Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath, who was surprisingly given Grade B contract for the 2008-09 period despite having played only a few ODIs, was downgraded to Grade C.
The Board's Gradation Committee met recently to finalise the contracts, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said.

Another player to benefit is Tamil Nadu wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik, upgraded from D to C while leg-spinner Piyush Chawla got demoted to Grade D from C.
The lowest grade comprising 17 players has four new names - Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, all rounder Abhishek Nayar and batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary.
The BCCI did not renew the contracts of Punjab pacer Manpreet Gony and Delhi leg spinner Chetanya Nanda.
The complete list:
Grade A (Rs 60 lakh): Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.
Grade B (Rs 40 lakh): Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, R P Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra.
Grade C (Rs 25 lakh): S Badrinath, Wasim Jaffer, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, S Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik and Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan.
Grade D (Rs 15 lakh): Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Parthiv Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohd Kaif, Virat Kohli, Ashok Dinda, Wridddhiman Saha, M Vijay, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary.

BCCI drops Irfan's name inadvertently from contract list
The Indian Cricket Board  created a flutter by inadvertently leaving out struggling all-rounder Irfan Pathan from the list of contracted players for the 2009-10 season.

While releasing the 40 names who were offered contracts for the period October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, the Baroda player's name was left out by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan in a media release.
Within an hour, Srinivasan issued a clarification that Irfan's name was "erroneously left out of the Retainership list that was sent to the media earlier today", adding "he is part of the list, and figures in Grade C".
The inclusion of Irfan's name from the list took the number of players given contracts to 41.

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