India’s Test specialist Chetesthwar Pujara’s central contract can get upgraded to the topmost ‘A-plus bracket’ after his stellar show in the ongoing four-match Test series between India and Australia.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is deliberating a relaxation of norms for the stylish 30-year-old after he scored an inspiring 521 runs in three innings at an impressive average of 74.42, ably supported by three solid centuries.


The performance of India’s dependable number three is one of the primary reasons that India are on the course of their maiden series win Down Under.

As per reports, it has been learnt that Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai will bring up the idea with the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad along with Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.


“Pujara’s brilliant performance deserves recognition. The CoA chief will discuss with the team management and the chief selector to check if the rule for all-format specialists in the top bracket can be relaxed,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying to PTI.

“Pujara’s elevation to the top bracket could well be a message for youngsters that performance in Test cricket will be given top priority,” the official added.