A+ category (Rs 7 crore each): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. Dhoni will be getting Rs.5 crore as per the contract while Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit will be earning Rs.7 crore.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha have been placed in the Grade A section. Whether the performance has been taken as the parameter to exclude Mohammed Shami from the list or not, remains to seen. It is purely a personal matter and the BCCI has nothing to do with it. The board has announced the central contracts with a lot of good news for the cricketers in the country. Dhoni has been demoted to the second tier of the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018.More news: Mumbai fan leaves all her money to actor Sanjay Dutt
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The central contracts mark a departure from a year ago when Test specialists were mainly kept in the top category.
Wednesday's contracts announcement comes a few months after the Committee of Administrators met Kohli, Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri, in the presence of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, to discuss players' salaries and the schedule. Amond the men's senior team, the playing XI will receive Rs 35,000, while the reserves are due to receive Rs 17,500.
"Hence, to insulate the player compensation, the CoA has sanctioned the creation of a "Players Revenue/Compensation Equalisation Fund" (PR/CEF) to which the BCCI will contribute approximately Rs 125 crore per annum from its surplus", the BCCI statement read.