MUMBAI  - Leg-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been included among the top grade contract players while out of favour Harbhajan Singh has been demoted to the second bracket in the new list announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here on Friday.

The BCCI granted central contracts to 37 players -- nine in Grade A (Rs.1 crore/$186,000), eight in Grade B (Rs.50 lakh/$93,000) and 20 in Grade C (Rs.25 lakh/$46,500). Fast bowlers S. Sreesanth and Jaydev Unadkat have been dropped from the list of central contracts while L. Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan have been granted retainer contracts of Rs.25 lakh after missing out last year.

List of contracted players:

Grade A: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin.

Grade B: Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav.

Grade C: Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Abhimanyu Mithun, M. Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, Manoj Tiwary, S Badrinath, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron, Abhinav Mukund, Ashok Dinda, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, L. Balaji.