Dubai: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni retained his position among the seven cricketers named in Grade A as the Indian cricket board announced the annual players’ contracts for the period ending September 30 this year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also confirmed hundred per cent hikes in retainer and match-fee amounts for players in all categories.
The annual retainer amounts for Grade A players will be Rs 2 crores per annum (Dh 1.12 million).
Grade B will be paid Rs one crore (Dh 550,000) per annum and Grade C will be paid Rs 50 lakhs (Dh 280,000) per annum.
The match fee enhancement for men’s cricketers will be effective from October 1, 2016 onwards and Rs 15 lakhs (Dh 84,000) per Test, Rs six lakhs (Dh 33,000) per ODI and Rs three lakhs (Dh 16,500) for T20 Internationals.
Following are the gradations:
Grade A: Virat Kohli, M.S. 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.