India’s Suryakumar Yadav, left, and India’s Hardik Pandya, right, run between the wickets during the 2nd T20 International cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Saturday, July 9, 2022. File photo | Photo Credit: AP
Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer are all set to be promoted in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) list of centrally contracted cricketers for 2022-23. The list is set to be confirmed by the BCCI Apex Council during a virtual meeting on Wednesday evening.
The trio has been one of India’s standout performers across formats over the past 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 the Grade A (₹5 crore) retainer category, it could herald his elevation as India’s permanent T20I captain at the end of the year.
While Suryakumar was included in the contract 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 including former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Shubhangi Kulkarni as representatives of the Indian Cricketers’ Association – discusses India’s semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup or No. The performance of the team is yet to be reviewed.