Dhoni dropped from India's list of contracted players

India's captain Virat Kohli gestures during the first one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Mahendra Singh Dhoni was dropped from India's list of 27 centrally contracted players on Thursday.

Dhoni has not played international cricket since the World Cup last year, but coach Ravi Shastri recently said the wicketkeeper-batsman could be in contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia this year if he performs well in the Indian Premier League.

Dhoni, 39 in July, has played for India since 2004.

Captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah were given contracts of 70 million Indian rupees (about $980,000) and were placed in the A+ grade by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The contracts are from October 2019 to September 2020.

Lokesh Rahul got a raise of 20 million Indian rupees and was among 11 players awarded A grade contracts worth 50 million Indian rupees.

Contracted players:

Grade A+ 70 million Indian rupees (around $980,000): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Grade A 50 million Indian rupees (around $700,000): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul

Grade B 30 million Indian rupees (around $420,000): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank Agarwal

Grade C 10 million Indian rupees (around $140,000): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar


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