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BCCI announces new contract system and compensation structure for players

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The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced a new contract system and compensation structure for players, including the introduction of a new A+ category which features skipper Virat Kohli and four other players.
 
The other four players in Grade A+, which will give them annual contracts worth Rs. 7 crore each for the period from October, 2017 to September 2018, are batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Diwan and pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
 
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, off-spinner R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wridhhiman Saha will be eligible for a contract of Rs. 5 crore in Grade A.
 
"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," a press release from BCCI said.
 
Players in Grade B will get Rs. 3 crore and those in Grade C will get Rs. 1 crore, it said.
 
For women, the CoA has introduced a new Grade C. Grade A players will get contracts worth Rs. 50 lakh, those in Grade B will get Rs. 30 lakh and those in Grade C will get Rs. 10 lakh.
 
As far as domestic cricket is concerned, there will be an increase in match fee and an upfront payment model for domestic cricketers. The domestic match fee structure will see more than 200 percent hike in each category, the release said.
 
For men, the domestic match fees per day for those in the playing XI will be Rs. 35,000 for seniors, Rs. 17,500 for U23, Rs. 10,500 for U19, and Rs. 3,500 for 16 players. Reserves will get half the amount.
 
In the case of women, the domestic match fees per day for those in the playing XI would be Rs. 12,500 for Seniors, Rs. 5,500 for U23 and Rs. 5,500 for U19/U16, with half the amount for reserves.
 
The T20 match fees will be 50 per cent of the respective category, the release said.
 
The following is the distribution of Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men).
 
Grade A+: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
 
Grade A: Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Wridhhiman Saha
 
 Grade B: KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal,  Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik
 
Grade C: Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav
 
Team India (Senior Women)
 
Grade A: Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana
 
Grade B: Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma
 
Grade C: Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parveen, Sushma Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar,  Taniya Bhatia.
 
The CoA recognised 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 Equalization Fund (PR/CEF) to which the BCCI will contribute approximately Rs. 125 crore per annum from its surplus.
 
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