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BCCI includes Kohli in new A+ category contracts, ignores Dhoni

In the new BCCI central contracts Virat Kohli will make Rs7 crore while R. Ashwin and M.S. Dhoni will be paid Rs5 crore each BCCI includes Kohli in new A+ category contracts, ignores Dhoni
Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 05:16

They are batting troika of skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan along with pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Including the amount to be paid towards domestic players across different categories, it is estimated that the BCCI will end up parting away approximately Rs 400 crore as players' annual salary.

Incidentally, Mohammed Shami has not been offered a contract.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators' (CoA) decision to announce the revised central contracts for India men's and women's (international and domestic) cricketers yesterday has not gone down well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials.

Coming to the domestic structure, the BCCI has announced 200 percent hikes.

Two new categories have also been introduced: Category A+ introduced for Senior Men and Category C introduced for Senior Women.

The BCCI on Wednesday released a new annual contracts for the 2017-18 season with a retainer structure now featuring four categories - Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C - compared to three in the previous years. MS Dhoni is now in the A category, which is the second category for players. "The BCCI has taken cognisance of all the reports emerging about Mohammed Shami's personal life". The player with over 300 Test wickets and also with an ability to walk into the national team at any time in other formats has been ignored for the top grade.

KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardil Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Dinesh Karthik find themselves in Grade B.

Grade C: K Jadhav, M Pandey, A Patel, K Nair, S Raina, P Patel, J Yadav. While the cricketers in the A-plus grade will get R7 crore, Grade A, B and C will earn Rs5cr, R3cr and Rs1cr respectively.

Among the women, World Cup stars Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have been kept in the top bracket, under which the annual contract is worth Rs 50 lakh.