In a big hike for Grade A players, Board Of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday doubled the annual pay of seven players, which include Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to Rs 2 crore from earlier amount of Rs 1 Crore. Nine other star players, including Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, and Ishant Sharma, have been kept in Grade B list. These players will be paid a sum of Rs 1 crore annually. While 16 players who have been kept in Grade C list, will receive an amount of Rs 50 lakh annually. Prominent names in Grade C list include Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra.
The match fee for Test matches has been hiked to Rs 15 lakh per match from Rs 7.50 lakh earlier, while ODI and T20 Internationals will make them richer by Rs 6 lakh and 3 lakh respectively. All the payments will be in effect from October 1, 2016.
While seniors like Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra have found place in Grade B and C respectively, the biggest name missing is Suresh Raina, who till recently was a permanent member of the limited overs fixtures.
Young Rishabh Pant is a part of Grade C contract. The players who have been awarded contract in Grade A list are as follows:
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay
The players who have been awarded contract in Grade B list are as follows:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh
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The players who have been awarded contract in Grade C list are as follows:
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.
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