Dhoni’s India career in doubt after losing central contract

2020-01-16 at 18:19

MS Dhoni’s India career could be over with the veteran wicket-keeper losing his central contract for 2020.

The 38-year-old has not played for his country since the defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup in England, with Rishabh Pant now keeping wicket in white-ball cricket.

India coach Ravi Shastri said earlier this month that Dhoni could be considered for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year – but he has been omitted from a list of 27 contracted players.

Skipper Virat Kohli, batsman Rohit Sharma and seamer Jasprit Bumrah have retained their A+ grade deals worth $986,923 a year.

Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Pant have been handed Grade A contracts.

INDIA CENTRAL CONTRACTS
Grade A+ – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Grade A – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant