Talking to ANI, the source said, "MS Dhoni was informed that he won't be given BCCI's central contract before the decision was announced today".
Since the announcement of central contracts for Team India by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the one thing everyone noticed was the exclusion of MS Dhoni.More news: Smoke from Aussie bush fires set to circle earth, says Nasa
Skipper Virat Kohli, batsman Rohit Sharma and seamer Jasprit Bumrah have retained their A+ grade deals worth $986,923 a year.
Dhoni was in the A category, which fetches a player Rs 5 crore, up until past year.
Grade A players are: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant.More news: Federer, Nadal kick in $170000 for Australian bushfire relief
Shreyas Iyer, who has been in sublime form for India and has helped in solving the No.4 conundrum lately, has been fitted into the Grade C category along with many prominent names like Kedar Jadhav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Hanuma Vihar and Washington Sundar.
Meanwhile, head coach Ravi Shastri had recently revealed that Dhoni may soon end his ODI career. The 38-year-old cricketer hasn't played any form of cricket and speculations have been rife ever since over his worldwide career.
Dhoni, who was in grade A in the previous list, remains India's most successful limited-overs captain who led the team to World Cup victories both in the 20-overs (2007) and 50-overs (2011) formats.More news: Prince William discusses dealing with 'challenges' amid royal family drama