BCCI Announced The Annual Contract-The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) announced the annual contracts for the men’s team on Thursday, 15th April. Three new players MD Siraj, Shubman Gill, and Axar Patel have been affixed to the annual contract for the 2020-21 season. While the previous contract holders Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have been left out of the new contact.
There is a total of four grades of the contract under which each player belongs. The top grade is A-plus and like the previous year Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah have bagged the premium grade. Each player of this grade gets INR 7cr per year. This A-plus grade is for the players who play all the formats for India frequently.
The 2nd highest grade is A. In total 10 players have been given the grade A- R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya. Among the 10 players, Hardik is new in this grade, has got promoted from grade B. The salary of an A-grade player is INR 5cr per year.
The 3rd highest grade in the contact is grade B. A total number of five players are in this grade- Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, and Mayank Agarwal. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has come down here from grade A and all-rounder Shardul Thakur has been promoted here from grade C. Grade B players are provided 3cr rupees per year.
The last but not least grade of the contract is grade C. All the new Indian players are here. The players are Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammad Siraj. Kuldeep has been sent to grade C from grade A in the new contract, probably for his poor form. Yuzvendra Chahal was also in grade B but now he is in grade C. These athletes get INR 1cr per year.
BCCI players receive 15 lakhs, 6 lakhs, and 3 lakhs per match for Test, ODI, and T20 format respectively.