The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday crossed the 13-million-mark on Instagram and shared a poster to thank fans for their undying support. Also Read - IPL 2020: Robin Uthappa Picks Gautam Gambhir as Best Captain to Play Under, Heaps Rich Praise on 'Good Leader' Rohit Sharma
It came as a surprise for fans as former India skipper MS Dhoni did not feature in the poster. Also Read - Shahid Afridi Names His All-Time XI, Picks Sachin Tendulkar
“A 13 Million strong family. Thank you for your love and support,’’ the BCCI wrote on its Instagram handle. Also Read - IPL 100 Per Cent Possible if Coronavirus Pandemic is Contained by October: Ashish Nehra
The cricketers – both male and female, who featured in the poster are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur.
Fans were not happy as MS Dhoni, who has not played international cricket since India’s semi-final exit against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Dhoni was supposed to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but the tournament has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 38-year-old was also dropped from BCCI’s central contract as he had not played cricket.
Four new players — Navdeep Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar – were included in the BCCI’s latest annual player contracts.
Skipper Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, and premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah were retained in the highest A+ bracket of Rs 7 crore.