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Nehra handed central contract

Left-armer's resurgence rewarded with BCCI deal

Nehra: central contract

Left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra has been given a central contract by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Nehra, who returned to India's one-day team in June for the first time in almost four years, has been handed a Grade B deal, which carries a retainer fee of four million Indian rupees (about £52,000).

Medium pacer Praveen Kumar has been moved up from Grade C (2.5 million rupees, about £32,000) to Grade B, while left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan has been dropped entirely from the list after falling out of favour with the national selectors.

There has been no change to the nine players in the top grade (6 million rupees, about £77,700 pounds), which includes captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.

Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni, Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar have been awarded Grade D (1.5 million rupees, £19,400) contracts along with Manoj Tiwary.

BCCI central contracts
Grade A: Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh

Grade B: Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra

Grade C: S Badrinath, Wasim Jaffer, Yusuf Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, Amit Mishra

Grade D: Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Parthiv Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Ashok Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary