Bumper pay packets for Indian cricketers, Dhoni demoted

BCCI's CoA on Wednesday has announced the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Committee of Administrators on Wednesday has announced the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018.

A new category A+ has been added for the top rung cricketers. The players in the A+ category will get ₹7 crore retainership.

However, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been left in the A Category with ₹5 crore annual retainer fee.

The CoA was of the view that the performance and position of Indian Cricket needs to be recognised with the fee structure comparable to the best in the world.

Here are the highlights of the new payment structure are as under-

Team India (Senior Men)

(i)        Introduction of a new category : A+

(ii)       New retainership fee structure

 Period Grade A +  Grade A Grade B  Grade C
Oct 2017 to Sept 2018 INR 7 Cr INR 5 Cr INR 3 Cr INR 1 Cr

However, the women cricketer may still feel aggrieved for getting a raw deal in spite of establishing the BCCI in the world of women’s cricket. For women’s cricketers, a new category ‘C’ has been included where players will get only ₹10 lakh per annum.

 Period Grade A  Grade B Grade C
Oct 2017 to Sept 2018 INR 50 Lakhs INR 30 Lakhs INR 10 Lakhs

There is a windfall for the domestic cricketers though. The Domestic Match fee structure will witness an over 200 per cent hike in each category.

Men’s Domestic (Fee per day) INR INR
Category Playing XI Reserves
Senior 35,000 17,500
U23 17,500 8,750
U19 10,500 5,250
U16 3,500 1,750
Women’s Domestic (Fee per day) INR INR
Category Playing XI Reserves
Senior 12,500 6,250
U23 5,500 2,750
U19 / U16 5,500 2,750

Mentioned below is the list of contracted players and their respective categories.

Grade S.No. Athletes
A + 1 Mr Virat Kohli
2 Mr Rohit Sharma
3 Mr Shikhar Dhawan
4 Mr Bhuvneshwar Kumar
5 Mr Jasprit Bumrah
 
A 1 Mr Ravichandran Ashwin
2 Mr Ravindra Jadeja
3 Mr Murali Vijay
4 Mr Cheteshwar Pujara
5 Mr Ajinkya Rahane
6 Mr MS Dhoni
7 Mr Wridhhiman Saha
 
B 1 Mr KL Rahul
2 Mr Umesh Yadav
3 Mr Kuldeep Yadav
4 Mr Yuzvendra Chahal
5 Mr Hardik Pandya
6 Mr Ishant Sharma
7 Mr Dinesh Karthik
 
C 1 Mr Kedar Jadhav
2 Mr Manish Pandey
3 Mr Axar Patel
4 Mr Karun Nair
5 Mr Suresh Raina
6 Mr Parthiv Patel
7 Mr Jayant Yadav

Distribution of  Annual Player Contracts Team India (Senior Women)

Grade S.No. Athletes
A 1 Ms Mithali Raj
2 Ms Jhulan Goswami
3 Ms Harmanpreet Kaur
4 Ms Smriti Mandhana
B 1 Ms Poonam Yadav
2 Ms Veda Krishnamurthy
3 Ms Rajeshwari Gayakwad
4 Ms Ekta Bisht
5 Ms Shikha Pandey
6 Ms Deepti Sharma
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