The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced Annual pay contracts for the Indian players for the period between October 2017 and September 2018.
A new category ‘A+’ (INR 7 crores per annum) for Men is added to the already existing grades A, B and C. In addition to the newly introduced Grade (A+), the Board has also ensured a massive pay hike for the existing grades.
As per the announced new pay model, players in the Grades A, B and C will get INR 5 Crores, INR 3 Crores and INR 1 Crore per annum respectively. Earlier, the pay for the Grades A, B and C used to be INR 2 Crores, INR 1 Crore and INR 50 Lakhs per annum respectively.
Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, who are the backbone of Indian bowling attack in all three formats are inducted into the newly introduced ‘A+’ grade. The others to make this top grade are Captain Virat Kohli and openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan took a long jump in these newly announced Player contracts who was previously in the Grade C. Currently, he is placed in the newly introduced ‘A+’ pay grade.
Suresh Raina who was out of the team for quite some time finally managed to get a Contract this time and is placed in Grade C. Yuvraj Singh who was in Grade B last year is denied a contract this year.
BCCI has denied a central contract to Mohammad Shami at this point of time taking into consideration the reports that emerged relating to his personal life. The Cricket Board, however, can offer him a contract at a later stage if the allegations against him are proven to be false.
I personally feel that MS Dhoni deserved a place in the A+ grade. Though he retired from the longest format of the game, he plays a key role in shorter formats. Be it helping the on-field captain with the field placements or helping the bowlers with their tactics, MS is one great asset to Team India. No point in denying it.
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