The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced the annual list of contracted players as per grades. The biggest promotion in the contract has been for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has been promoted from Grade C to Grade A on the back of his stunning performances in Test cricket, which has seen him become the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket.
The BCCI has also announced the amount of match fees which will be awarded to a player playing in a match. A player will be paid Rs 15 lakhs per Test, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI and Rs 3 lakhs for playing in a T20I match.
The BCCI has also doubled the players’ salaries as per their contracts. Players in the Grade A pool will be paid Rs 2 crores per year, which is a double bonanza for the players.
Grade B players have also seen their salaries doubled as they will now be paid Rs 1 crore per annum. The same goes for the Grade C players who will now earn a whopping 50 lakh rupees per year.
This is set to be a huge financial boost for the players who are contracted as they are set to see their annual pay from the BCCI get doubled.
The BCCI has also released the list of players who will be a part of the three different categories. The biggest winner of the lot is Ravindra Jadeja who has been promoted to Grade A. Yuvraj Singh also is rewarded for his stunning comeback in the ODI team with a Grade B contract.
The biggest losers are the likes of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, who were vital cogs in the Indian team not so long ago. Suresh Raina who previously had a Grade B contract is excluded from the list of contracted players and so is Harbhajan Singh who had a Grade C contract, with huge question marks now arising on their international futures.
Here are the players, who have been named as part of the BCCI contracts.
Grade A: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay.
Grade B: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh.
Grade C: Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant.