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Major decision to be taken about salaries of Indian cricketers; Kohli to bat for his teammates at the meeting

Indian skipper Virat Kohli will reiterate for a hike in salary of Indian cricketers in contract talks that will take place between Indian squad and CoA on Friday, December 1 in Delhi. The BCCI will get 2.5 billion dollars from Rupert Murdoch”s Star India channel to show the Indian Premier League from 2018 to 2022. Kohli will be backed by MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in his fight.

An AFP official quoted Vinod Rai saying,”It”s always healthy to be transparent and that”s what BCCI is trying to be. Kohli and the players are always welcome to put their point across. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one just before the Delhi Test,” Rai said.

The BCCI being the richest cricket board in the world leaves no one associated with cricket short of money. The Indian cricketers are among the highest paid cricketers in the world. Not only that, few of them are among highest paid athletes in the world as well. The coaches and support staff too are paid exorbitant amounts.

Last home season BCCI doubled the match fees of cricketers looking at the results they were bringing. India became the No.1 test team in the world in October 2016 and is way ahead than other teams. Unlike other boards, the payment structure of BCCI is little different than others.

The Indian cricketers are given yearly contracts in Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. The senior members in the side who have established themselves and continue to be an integral part of the team are given Grade A contracts. The Grade B belongs to those who have played the fair bit of international cricket but haven”t cemented their places across all formats. Grade C is for those who are new on international arena or cricketers who are out of the scheme of things.

The contract amount of Grade A, Grade B, and Grade C cricketers is 2 crores, 1 Crore, and 50 lakhs respectively.

Players in each Grade:

Grade A (2 crores): Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravi Jadeja,

Grade B (1 Crore): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh

Grade C (50 lakhs): Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Ashish Nehra, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Yuzavendra Chahal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Rishab Pant, Mandeep Singh, Shardul Thakur

If a player who is not in central contract plays 3 matches for India then he is inducted into Grade C. Apart from the contract price, every cricketer gets match fees of 15 lakhs for the test, 7 lakh for ODI and 3 lakh for T20I. If a player announced retirement he is automatically omitted from the list.

– by Atharva Apte