BCCI doubles men cricketers' retainer amounts, enhances match fees
Mumbai, March 22, 2017
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today doubled the annual retainer for all categories of men cricketers, with the amount going up to Rs. 2 crore per annum for Grade A players, to Rs. 1 crore per annum for Grade B players and Rs. 50 lakh per annum for Grade C players.
The decision was taken by the BCCI's Committee of Administrators, which met earlier in the day and decided on the Annual Player Contracts for men cricketers for the period ending September 30, 2017.
A press release from BCCI said the Match Fee enhancement for men cricketers will be effective from October 1, 2016 onwards. It will be Rs 15 lakh per Test, Rs 6 lakh per ODI and Rs 3 lakh for T20 International.
While updating the list of contracted players, the BCCI has demoted batsman Shikhar Dhawan to Grade C from Grade B, while Suresh Raina does not figure in any of the three groups.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay have been promoted to Grade A, where they join Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.
Following is the updated list of contracted players:
Grade A: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay.
Grade B: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh.
Grade C: 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
The BCCI also handed over a cheque for Rs. 15 lakh to Ms. Sandhya Rajesh Sawant, wife of late Rajesh Sawant, who passed away while he was on official assignment with the India Under 19 team, in recognition of his services to Indian cricket.