Does MS Dhoni deserve Grade A contract? asks Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja said that Grade A contracts should be given to Test players so as to protect the longest format of the game. His views echo those expressed by Ramchandra Guha in his letter to BCCI CoA chairman Vinod Rai

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 5, 2017 5:12 pm
ms dhoni, dhoni test matches, dhoni test cricket dhoni contract, MS Dhoni is presently with Indian side in West Indies for a four-match ODI series. (Source: Reuters)

Ramiz Raja said that the BCCI should not be giving MS Dhoni a Grade A contract as he no longer plays Test cricket. Raja said that cricket boards should respect the value of Test cricket and to do so, Grade A contracts should be given to players eligible for selection for Test matches. “You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically,” said Raja.

“For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB,” he said. Raja’s opinion echoes the words of Ramchandra Guha in his resignation letter written to BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai. “Unfortunately, the superstar syndrome has distorted the system of Indian team contracts. As you will recall, I had pointed out that awarding MS Dhoni an ‘A’ contract when he had explicitly ruled himself out from all Test matches was indefensible on cricketing grounds, and sends absolutely the wrong message,” Guha had written.

Ramiz Raja said that Grade A contracts should be given to Test players so as to protect the longest format of the game. “It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues,” said the former Pakistan captain. MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 and relinquished his post has Indian captain in limited overs cricket earlier in 2017.

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    Prasad
    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:29 am
    Its none of your business mr ramiz raja.. what msd has done for us, we cant thank him enough, he is a legend and u don't have the authority to talk about ms. And do one thing for us,,keep your mouth shut..thank you!
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      Birendra
      Jul 7, 2017 at 7:07 am
      To earn your livelihood, dont start saying anything about MSD to get attraction....Mr Rameez..
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        Birendra
        Jul 7, 2017 at 7:03 am
        Mr Rameez.... Just mind your business...and try to cricket infra of Pakistan instead of giving your useless suggestion over great MSD contract..
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          Baba
          Jul 6, 2017 at 1:49 pm
          Who the he is ? Does he deserve an international commentator?
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            Asad
            Jul 7, 2017 at 5:12 am
            he is another person with an opinion that the EXPRESS used to stir controversy
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            m patel
            Jul 6, 2017 at 1:10 am
            MSD deserves A grade from BCCI. Who r you to question , keep your views for yours cricketers. R you jealous because you have run down cash. keep yours stuipd remarks for your players.
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              Asad
              Jul 7, 2017 at 5:10 am
              hehe! bro does'nt he have rights to his opinion ? If the express did not like it they did not have to put it on their site. These sites just want free publicity to sell ads
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              Pakihater
              Jul 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm
              Y is a commenting on our player.. These mf's wanna smell our backside be it sports or the border..Paki we award A contracts or even send them to Mars Mf wtf is ur problem Paki.. BAS....D
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                Asad
                Jul 7, 2017 at 5:11 am
                Why is Ganguly commenting on the Pakistan team and expressing his Opinion ?
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                rakesh
                Jul 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm
                You are comparing shahid Afridi with MSDhoni. MSD should be given more above then Grade A contract.Analyse track record.
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                  Asad
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 5:11 am
                  By applying the same logic, Sachin should be given the biggest contract bro!
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                  Indian
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm
                  For a change, I think Raja has said something really smart and intelligent. Yes, cricket is what it is today due to Test Match cricket. It is that slow moving glacier, that feeds all the fast moving streams. If this glacier dies out, then everything else also dies out.
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