The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Wednesday announced the introduction of a new category- ‘A+’ in the annual player contracts for the period between October 2017 and September 2018.
The new category currently features five India cricketers namely- Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who will be paid Rs 7 crore.
On the other hand, the A, B and C category, which comprises of seven players each, will be paid Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively. MS Dhoni, one of the most successful captain, has been put in the A category.
Apart from Dhoni, the category features Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wridhhiman Saha. Among all these seven players, Rahane is the only cricketer who is currently featuring in all the three formats of the game.
The B category comprises of KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Dinesh Karthik while the Rs 1 crore C category features Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav.
Meanwhile, the board has also introduced a new grade- ‘Grade C’ in the women player’s contract. The new category features nine women cricketers, who will be paid Rs 10 lakh for the period between October 217 and September 2018.
The grade A comprises of four women cricketers namely- Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, who will be paid Rs 50 crore while the B grade lists Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma, who will receive Rs 30 lakhs.
The newly introduced C grade features Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parveen, Sushma Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar and Taniya Bhatia,
Announcing the hike in fees of the cricketers, the CoA said that motive is to recognise the performance and position of Indian Cricket needs as the fee structure comparable to the best in the world.
The changes in the contracts will also see a 200 per cent hike in the Domestic fee structure as the domestic fee per day has been increased to Rs 35,000 for players featured in the XI, while the reserves will get Rs 17,500.
Moreover, the U-23 players will get Rs 17500 while the extra players will Rs 8750. The U-19 boys will receive Rs 10,500 per day and the reserves will get Rs 5,250 while the U-16 will be paid 3500 and the reserved ones will take home Rs 1750.