Hardik, Surya and Shreyas set for contract upgrade

India’s Suryakumar Yadav, left, and India’s Hardik Pandya, right, run between wickets during the second T20 international cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Saturday, July 9, 2022. File photo

India’s Suryakumar Yadav, left, and India’s Hardik Pandya, right, run between wickets during the second T20 international cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Saturday, July 9, 2022. File photo
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Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer are set to be promoted in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) list of centrally contracted cricketers for 2022-23. The list is set to be ratified by the BCCI’s apex council during a virtual meeting on Wednesday evening.

The trio has been among India’s standout performers in various formats over the last 12 months. As a result, all three are set to be promoted from Grade C (₹1 crore) to Grade B (₹3 crore). Should Hardik be promoted to Grade A (₹5 crore) retainer category, it may be a bugle for his elevation as India’s permanent T20I captain later in the year.

While Suryakumar was included in the contracts list for the first time last year, Hardik (Grade A to C) and Shreyas (B to C) were demoted for the last cycle.

It will be interesting to see if the apex council – during its first meeting after the induction of former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Shubhangi Kulkarni as Indian Cricketers’ Association representatives – discusses India’s semifinal exit from the T20 World Cup. The team’s performance review is yet to take place.


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