Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) is set to make an overhaul in its 30-player grading system since Annual General Meeting is fast approaching. Players from the current crop who could benefit most are Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Meerut pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar due to their consistent performance across formats. The other players which are line for promotion are Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammad Shami.
Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, could be demoted to Grade C for the upcoming 2014-15 season, as per sources in the BCCI. The other elite player who are already in Group A, which is the highest payroll offered by BCCI, are captain MS Dhoni, star batsman Virat Kohli, all-rounder R Ashwin and his CSK teammate Suresh Raina.
Raina is in top grade despite missing out on England’s test series, but did just about enough to ensure he keeps his place in the grade A with couple of fine innings in ODI cricket.
The other players who can hope for a promotion are Mumbaikar Ajinkya Rahane, Hyderabadi Ambati Rayudu and Mohammad Shami as they can be promoted to the Grade B from Grace C following some good performances for national team. The other player which will give headache to BCCI committee chaired by Shivlal Yadav will be name of Mohit Sharma. The thing about Sharma is he is not looking a long term horse and on the other hand one cannot ignore his recent exploits in England, albeit against a mediocre ODI England side.
Talking of spent forces opener, Gautam Gambhir, who had a terrible England tour, could consider himself lucky if he is retained in Grade B which currently has likes of Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and ever talented Rohit Sharma.
Talking about future stars like Kerala wicket-keeper Sanju Samson, who could be a surprise inclusion in Grade C.
This surprise selection will take place as BCCI rules clearly recommends that any non-contracted player who plays in any international match during the contract period will rewarded with a Grade C contract.
The contract discussions, as per BCCI sources, will come up on the sidelines of the BCCI AGM which was scheduled for somewhere later this month. But since SC has deferred the AGM citing the pending inquiry against president N Srinivasan, the contracts issue has to be addressed separately.