Pant could be handed central contract: The Indian wicket-keeper might get included in BCCI annually contracted players’ list.
India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant might become the second Indian cricketer after Cheteshwar Pujara to be eligible for a hike in salary after his stellar form in the ongoing Test series against Australia.
Just as there were reports of Pujara getting an upgrade in his contract, there are reports of Pant being included into the list of annually contracted players. Pant was in the list for the year 2017-18 but was subsequently removed. You never know if him emerging as the second highest run-scorer in the Test series might have inspired the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to consider an increment.
The fact that Pant has scored more runs than India captain Virat Kohli in the ongoing series speaks highly about the influence which he has had. In seven innings, Pant has scored 350 runs at an average of 58.33 and a strike rate of 73.99.
If the same happens, it will be interesting to see as to which category does Pant fit in. Players who represent India in all forms fall in a higher (A+) category. The other three categories are ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’.
Furthermore, it will go down as a step in the right direction from the BCCI for it is vital to take such measures the promote Test cricket among the youngsters. In the contemporary world of opulent T20 leagues, cricket’s ancestral format and the players playing it should not lack behind on the financial front.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Pant below:
“He is sort of like another Adam Gilchrist” – Ricky Ponting on Rishabh Pant after the India wicket-keeper batsman hit an entertaining 💯 at the SCG.
— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2019
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) January 5, 2019
Tim Paine: Do you babysit?
Rishabh Pant: Of course! https://t.co/1ezgZh0os1
— cricketnext (@cricketnext) January 1, 2019
Rishabh Pant has a safe pair of hands 😊😊😊
Tim Paine had sledged Pant asking him at the MCG if he could babysit.
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 1, 2019