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Indian Cricketers salary is now divided into four categories in the central contract and players are included in one of the four categories based on experience and last 1 year performances. A new category (A+) is introduced for Team India Men. A few surprise calls were taken by the apex cricket board in India. Some of the players have been ripped of their contract while a few others made it into the list. These categories are-

Grade A+: Rs 7 Crore a Year
Grade A: Rs 5 Crore a Year
Grade B: Rs 3 Crore a Year
Grade C: Rs 1 Crore a Year

Indian Cricket Salary Grade Category

Just a few months ahead of the World Cup 2019, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for BCCI on Thursday announced the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2018 to September 2019. Here is Indian crickets salary category listed.

A+ Grade – Rs 7 Crore a Year

This category includes, Virat Kohli, Rohit sharma & Jaspreet Bumrah.

Virat Kohli, Rohit sharma & Jaspreet Bumrah.

Virat Kohli

The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, talented, consistent, the captain, for the obvious reasons is included in Grade A+ category. Kohli has been one of the most consistent performers for Team India. Virat Kohli salary is ₹7 crores as per new contract.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma (the vice-captain of the Indian team) is another Indian cricketer who got the Grade A+ category in new contract. During the defined period, Rohit led India to triumph in the Asia Cup 2018. He also took the responsibility of the side whenever Virat Kohli was rested. Sharma will have an important role to play during the World Cup 2019. Rohit salary is
₹7 crores.

Jasprit Bumrah

Another player Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut early in 2018 and has evolved as the leader of the bowling attack. He is under category Grade A+. Jasprit Bumrah salary is ₹7 crores as per new contract.

In the Grade A+ list few players are excluded like Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they are included in Grade A category.

A Grade – Rs 5 Crore a Year

This category includes, M.S. Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, & Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, & Ajinkya Rahane.

M.S. Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, & Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

The former caption cricketer M. S. Dhoni has been one of the best sportsman for nation. Though he was usually given the top pay-scale, his contract was down scaled last year. He is included in Grade A category, as per new contract.Dhoni salary is ₹5 crores.

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan is another player who has struggled a great deal with his form. The left-hander has been highly inconsistent and failed to prove his potential as earlier. As a consequence, Dhawan was also pulled back from the Test team. That is the reason his contract was downgraded from the top category to Grade A category. The opener is an important part of the plans for the upcoming World Cup. Shikhar’s salary is of ₹5 crores in the year.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Once an all-format player, Bhuvneshwar has only played a handful of games in the last few months. When was fit during the Australia Test series, the pacer failed to get a place in the eleven.

Thus, his central contract was downgraded by the BCCI. From Grade A+ last year, he has now landed in the Grade A category now. Thus, instead of ₹7 crores in the year, Bhuvneshwar’s salary is of ₹5 crores in the year.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja & Mohd. Shami.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin has been ignored for the limited-overs formats recently, Ravichandran Ashwin is still India’s main-man in Test cricket. The off-spinner has been performing well in the longest format of the game both at home and overseas. Rewarding his consistent performances, the BCCI decided to retain his Grade A contract. Ashwin’s salary is ₹5 crores per year as a part of his contract.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja was out of contention for limited-overs cricket until a few months ago. But an injury to Hardik Pandya during the Asia Cup 2018 earner him a surprise call-up. He has been around with the 50-overs squad consistently since then. Moreover, the southpaw is one of the most important members of the Indian Test set-up. He is rated one of the best all-rounders in the longest format at the moment and helps add a great balance to the side. Jadeja also will earn ₹5 crores this year.

Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami, in the last few months, has rediscovered his talent and is performing beautifully. He shed a lot of weight to improve his performances and the hard work that he put behind the scenes is now paying rewards. Even though he has been a regular feature in the Test squad, Shami was ignored for the limited-overs squad more often than not.

But, with this recent performances, the fast bowler has surely sealed his spot in the World Cup squad. He is picking up regular wickets and is also restricting the run flow. Shami is currently playing in two formats of the game and therefore his contract was enhanced this year. Shami will also earn ₹5 crores per year.

Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav & Rishabh Pant.

Ishant Sharma

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is coming off age with his bowling. Even though he is quite talented and has been around for quite a few years, Ishant always struggled to maintain consistency. Yet, because he was one of the best options available at that point in time, the management was forced to persist with him. Thus, his contract was upgraded from Grade B to Grade A last year. The Delhi cricketer will now earn ₹5 crores per year.

Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav is making rapid progress in international cricket. The chinaman is getting better with every outing in the middle and is learning new things about his game. The batsmen all over the world, even good players of spin, haven’t been able to decode Kuldeep’s variations.

There are just subtle differences in his wrist positions when he bowls the googly and the batsmen have often failed to pick it. Yadav is an extremely clever customer and has been a part of the Indian squads across all the three formats. He is included in category Grade A, as a result, is now improved from ₹3 crores to ₹5 crores.

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant has made quite an impact at the highest level ever since he was picked in the Test squad during the England tour. He has worked a great deal on his wicket-keeping technique and is a much complete cricketer now. The 21-year-old already has got a century each in England and Australia in Test cricket.

With these top-notch performances, he might have cemented his spot in the Test team. In white-ball cricket, though, he has been slightly inconsistent. He’d be looking forward to making a mark here as well as he boasts a great record in domestic cricket. Pant is offered a central contract for the first time in his career and is slotted in Grade A straightaway. Rishabh will earn ₹5 crores per year as per new contract.

Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara is extremely patient and absolutely loves the longest format of the game. He had a crucial role to play in Team India’s first ever Test series win in Australia recently. Pujara can bat for hours together and muster a lot of runs. He often holds the batting line-up together in adversity and is hailed as the ‘modern-day wall’. India’s Test No.3 managed to retain his Grade A contract from last year and will get paid ₹5 crores.

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t been in the best of forms in the last year or so. Playing overseas, which was considered to be his forte, has ended up being a huge challenge. His consistency levels have gone down raising several questions.

However, Rahane is a hard-working cricketer and always strives to improve his game. The right-hander doesn’t play much limited-overs cricket nowadays. The Indian Test vice-captain finds himself in the Grade A category of the contracts offered by the BCCI. He will also earn ₹5 Crores.

B Grade – Rs 3 Crore a Year

This category includes, KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, & Hardik Pandya.

KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, & Hardik Pandya.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul has had a torrid time in the second half of 2018. The right-hander struggled to put bat to ball and had a miserable time. Despite getting several opportunities, he failed to repay the faith management put in him. Furthermore, as an insult to the wound, he invited a major controversy with some of the comments that he made on the talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’.

Thus, he was suspended from playing any form of cricket. However, the opening batsman was fortunate enough to find his place back in the Indian team after the suspension was lifted. He seems to be highly determined now and values every opportunity much more than he did earlier. KL Rahul succeeded in retaining the same contract as it was last year. He will earn ₹3 crores per year.

Umesh Yadav

Inconsistency and Umesh Yadav go hand-in-hand. However, it isn’t this Vidarbha pacer who is at complete fault here. He has had his opportunities limited in the last few years even though he did well when he had a chance.

This start-stop kind of career has somewhat affected his form and the sudden call-ups into the eleven didn’t do much good for him. Moreover, the management hasn’t backed him much and he was dropped from the side just after one or two poor shows. The BCCI was kind enough to understand the various intricacies involved in the sport and didn’t alter Yadav’s contract.He will earn ₹3 crores per year.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Many might have expected Yuzvendra Chahal to bag a Grade A contract just like his spin twin Kuldeep Yadav. However, that didn’t happen as Chahal doesn’t play his trade in Test cricket. He has been limited to white-ball cricket and hasn’t played all the games as a part of the team’s rotation policy with the spinners.

Though, the leg-spinner made a mark whenever he has got an opportunity. He has retained his pay scale from last year. With some good performances in the next few months, Chahal will eye at an upgraded contract next time around. He will earn ₹3 crores per year as of now.

Hardik Pandya

In the period defined for these contracts, Hardik Pandya hardly played any international cricket. He got injured right in September 2018 and was thus ruled out for nearly two months. Then, when he made a comeback into the team during the Australia series, he didn’t get an opportunity in the playing eleven for the fourth Test.

At this point in time, Koffee with Karan episode was aired putting a halt to his career. He then made a comeback in the New Zealand tour after his suspension was lifted. However, he again got injured and was ruled out of the series against Australia. These injuries might have affected Pandya’s contract improvement but he managed to retain the existing one. He will earn ₹3 crores per year.

C Grade – Rs 1 Crore a Year

This category includes, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed & Wriddhiman Saha.

Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu & Manish Pandey.

Dinesh Karthik

Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has played some high-quality cricket in the last few months. However, he hasn’t got as many opportunities as he’d like. There is high competition amongst the wicket-keepers in the country with MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant around.

Therefore, Karthik’s role has been limited and it remains an uncertainty if he finds himself a spot in the World Cup 2019 squad. Moreover, his contract has been downgraded for this year. He will earn ₹1 crore instead of the ₹3 crores that he earned last year.

Ambati Rayudu

When the Indian team was struggling to find a reliable number four ahead of the World Cup 2019, Ambati Rayudu came up as the solution to the problems. He is capable of building an innings and can accelerate whenever required. Rayudu has got a wide array of shots and adapts to various conditions well.

Even though he has struggled in recent times, he is just one knock away from finding his mojo back. Given that he has fared well for some time now, the BCCI decided to offer him a central contract. He plays only one format of the game and therefore is placed in the Grade C category. He will earn ₹1 crores per year.

Manish Pandey

It is quite a surprising call taken by the board to give Manish Pandey a central contract. This Karnataka batsman hasn’t played an international game since September last year. In the various opportunities that he got in ODI cricket, Pandey failed to create an impression and was thus axed from the squad.

However, he has performed well at the domestic level and was always in the contention for a national call-up. This might have helped him retain his central contract this year. Like the other cricketers here, Pandey will earn ₹1 crore per year.

Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma Vihari, from whatever we have seen thus far, seems to be an extremely hard-working and talented batsman. He is a team player and is ready to do whatever the management asks him. He even opened the innings in Australia even though he didn’t have a great deal of exposure batting at that position.

The 25-year-old played represented India in four Tests thus far and definitely has a long career ahead representing India. For the first time, Vihari was offered a central contract. The BCCI’s CoA placed him in the ₹1 crore slab and he would be looking to improve on that by the time next contracts are announced.

Khaleel Ahmed

Apart from Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Team India has been hunting for the third pacer in the side for a long time before Mohammed Shami rose up to the occasion. In the process, Khaleel Ahmed was also tried out in quite a few games. The left-arm pacer bowls quick and seems to be quite talented.

But, he is still a work-in-progress and there are several aspects of his game that are still to be improved. Khaleel could be one of the important bowlers in the near future. He needs to work on a few aspects like controlling the run-flow and bowling well at the death. As an incentive for whatever he has done thus far, Khaleel has got a ₹1 crore contract.

Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha’s career in the last one year has been marred by several injuries. The wicket-keeper batsman has been out of the action for a majority of the time and worked extremely hard to regain his fitness. In the defined period of these contracts, Saha didn’t play a single international game.

Since he only features in the Test team, he wouldn’t be in action again till the end of the World Cup 2019. Hence, his contract was downgraded by the cricket council in India. While he had a Grade A contract last year, Saha is now a part of the Grade C contract this year.

Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed & Wriddhiman Saha.

There was some good news for domestic cricketers as first XI players will now get Rs 35,000 per day in a four-day game making their match fees rocket from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1.40 lakh per match. Add to it the TV rights money will make their per match fee go up to Rs 3 Lakh per match.

Among the women, World Cup stars Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been kept in the top bracket, under which the annual contract is worth Rs 50 lakh.

“The CoA recognises that the actual income of the BCCI fluctuates on an annual basis depending on the number of home matches Team India (Senior Men) plays.

“Hence, to insulate the player compensation, the CoA has sanctioned the creation of a ‘Players Revenue/Compensation Equalisation Fund’ (PR/CEF) to which the BCCI will contribute approximately Rs 125 crore per annum from its surplus,” the BCCI statement read. (Reference for complete article: BCCI)

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