BCCI announces annual player contracts, only three players in A+ category

The BCCI has announced the annual player contracts for the season 2018-19. The cricket body has retained just three players in A+ category. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the three A+ category players, with Rs 7 crore each per annum.

Written by March 8, 2019 09:28

New Delhi: The BCCI has announced the annual player contracts for the season 2018-19. The cricket body has retained just three players in A+ category. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are the three A+ category players, with Rs 7 crore each per annum. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have been relegated to A category, which is Rs 5 crore each annually.

Virat Kohli

In four Tests in England last year, Dhawan had scored only 162 runs at an average of 20.25. At 33 years of age, the southpaw’s red-ball career is seemingly over. Dhawan, however, remains an integral of the Indian team’s white ball set-up. And hence, he has been given the A category.

Rishabh Pant is arguably India’s most improved cricketer of late. After making his Test debut in August last year, the wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 696 runs in nine Tests at an average of 49-plus. Both his Tests hundreds came overseas, 114 at the Oval and 159 not out in Sydney. Pant is considered to be a potential dark horse, with regards to the India’s World Cup squad.

Both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been retained in the B category, with Rs 3 crore each per year.

A total of 25 players have been given central contracts. Vijay Shankar, despite being part of the Indian ODI and T20I squads didn’t feature in the list. In women’s cricket, 20 players have been handed central contracts.

Below is the list

Grade A Plus (Rs 7 cr): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Grade A (Rs 5 cr): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant

Grade B (Rs 3 cr): KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya,