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India board hand Pant lucrative central contract

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been dropped from the top rank of India’s annual contracts with the board showing faith in young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant by handing him the second-most lucrative retainer. BCCI’s retainer structure has four grades with the top "A+" category, which was introduced last year, worth 70 million rupees ($998,730) a year. Skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli, opening batsman Rohit Sharma and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are the players in that bracket, which has been cut from five to three. Kohli is the top-ranked batsman in the world […]

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