The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced new central contracts for Indian players late on Thursday. The grade pay list has been divided into four categories by BCCI- A+, A, B, and C. Players in A+ category end up pocketing Rs 7 crores, while players under A category will be earning Rs 5 crores. B and C category players will end up earning Rs 3 crores and Rs 1 crore, respectively. This pay structure will be followed between October 2020 and September 2021.
BCCI has divided 28 players across four categories. Multi-format players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah have been awarded an A+ contract. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has enjoyed promotion to category A. Along with Pandya, Shardul Thakur has moved up in the ladder as he is now part of Group B.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has witnessed a drop to Group B from Group A. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has also dropped one level down to Group C, while Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey have been completely left out of this contract list. Newcomers in test cricket- Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Shubman Gill have been placed under Group C.
Grade A+ (Rs 7 crores): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Grade A (Rs 5 crores): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya
Grade B (Rs 3 crores): Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal
Grade C (Rs 1 crore): Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Match fees breakdown is likely to remain same
BCCI has not made any announcement regarding match fees, so the older values are likely to remain same. Players playing in Test matches reportedly get Rs 15 lakhs per test match, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI, and Rs 3 lakhs per T-20I. Match fees are not included in central contracts. Newly selected players do get only match fees since they are not part of the main contracts of BCCI.
It is going to be a hectic 2021 for Team India due to various bilateral series and the T-20 World Cup in India during October and November. Indian players are likely to pocket significant wages in the coming months since there is non-stop cricket. BCCI will have to manage the workload to make sure that key players are available for important games throughout the year.