Indian cricket board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on 26 March 2023 announced the annual payment contract for the Indian men’s team for the 2022-23 season.
The annual payment contract has 4 categories Grades A+, A, B and C. Grade A+ players will get 7 crores, Grade A players will get 5 crores, Grade B players will get 3 crores and Grade C players will get 1 crore for 2022-23 season.
|Period||Grade A +||Grade A||Grade B||Grade C|
|Oct 2022 to Sept 2023||INR 7 Cr||INR 5 Cr||INR 3 Cr||INR 1 Cr|
There are 4 players in the Grade A+ category Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. All of them will get 7 crore rupees.
India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was in the A category last season but has been promoted to the A+ category in the BCCI central contract grade for his outstanding performances over the past few years.
Another all-rounder is Hardik Pandya, who has moved from Grade C to A. Hardik was dropped to C last year due to fitness issues but has been effective since his return and even handed over the white-ball captaincy in Rohit’s absence. Also, Axar Patel has been upgraded from Grade C to A.
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On the other hand, Wriddhiman Saha, Hanuma Bihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ishant Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Ajinkya Rahane all lost places in the contract list. They are not included in the BCCI annual contract list for the 2022-23 season.
Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson and Arshdeep Singh were given central contracts for the first time. Shardul Thakur has been downgraded to the Grade C category.
Kuldeep Yadav, who was not retained last time, has been given a Grade C contract. Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been downgraded from A to B grade.
BCCI Annual Contracts 2022-23:
Grade A+ (INR 7 Cr): Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja
Grade A(INR 5 Cr): Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel
Grade B(INR 3 Cr): Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill
Grade C(INR 1 Cr): Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Arshdeep Singh, KS Bharat