Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir
Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, and Jaydev Unadkat were the only players from the 2013-14 list to be discarded

Yuvraj Singh’s back-to-back Ranji Trophy 2014-15 centuries and Gautam Gambhir’s ton in Delhi’s first match of the Ranji Trophy was not good enough help the duo maintain their contracts. On the other hand Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, and Virender Sehwag were not awarded BCCI central contracts last year either.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Ravichandran Ashwin maintain their A-grade contracts, while Sachin Tendulkar — who retired in November 2013 — is the only member of last year’s Grade A list who is missing. Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes a step up, going from Grade B to Grade A.

Below is a list of contracted players from 2013-14, and their subsequent contracts for the 2014-15 period:

Players 2013-14 2014-15
MS Dhoni A A
Virat Kohli A A
Suresh Raina A A
Ravichandran Ashwin A A
Sachin Tendulkar A
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar B A
Gautam Gambhir B
Yuvraj Singh B
Pragyan Ojha B B
Ishant Sharma B B
Cheteshwar Pujara B B
Ravindra Jadeja B B
Rohit Sharma B B
Murali Vijay B B
Shikhar Dhawan B B
Umesh Yadav B B
Ajinkya Rahane C B
Ambati Rayudu C B
Mohammed Shami C B
Amit Mishra C C
Mohit Sharma C C
Wriddhiman Saha C C
Vinay Kumar C C
Dinesh Karthik C
Jaydev Unadkat C
Varun Aaron C
Stuart Binny C
Pankaj Singh C
Dhawal Kulkarni C
Parvez Rasool C
Akshar Patel C
Manoj Tiwary C
Robin Uthappa C
Karn Sharma C
Kuldeep Yadav C
KL Rahul C
Sanju Samson C

There are as many as 12 new names in the list: Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Pankaj Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Karn Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul, and Sanju Samson. Of the lot, Tiwary and Uthappa have previously held contracts.