Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane likely to get demoted to BCCI central contract


One of the finest cricketers of India, especially in Test cricket, Ajinya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are likely to get demoted in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contracts.

Both the batters are not in a good flow for the last two years and failed to contribute with the bat on several occasions for the team. Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara who is known as the modern-day wall has also been short of runs with the bat since the Australia series.

However, after several failures, BCCI continuously backed the stalwarts and gave them a lot of opportunities to get back to their prime form. But their poor run with the bat might set them to face their demotion from Grade A category to Grade B category in the BCCI contracts.

Moreover, Virat Kohli's step down from the leadership has also affected the side which we have witnessed in the recently concluded Test series in South Africa.

Ishant Sharma likely demoted to Grade B in BCCI Central Contract:

Ishant Sharma

Considering the reports from the Times of India, the contract for October 2021 - September 2022 is likely to be announced by the BCCI soon. In addition to that, the right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma is also expected to get demoted in the BCCI contract for his back to back failures in the longest format of the game.

However, Axar Patel, Shardul and a few more might get Grade B contracts whereas Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah might retain their contracts considering their performances across all aspects of the game.

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Moreover, the Times of India was quoted a BCCI source that claimed, "The draft was made after the T20 World Cup. A final call will be taken soon. Indian cricket has to move forward and the performances of new players can’t be ignored."

"We will sit with Rahul and the next captain on the transition plan after the South Africa series. But the doors will not be closed for them. We will advise them to go back to domestic cricket and regain their form and then try to make a comeback," another source added,