Bumrah to get Rs. 7 crore annually in BCCI's new contract system

The highlights of the new payment structure sees the introduction of a new category for India Senior Men.

Jasprit Bumrah has been put in top bracket of BCCI's new contract system.   -  AFP

In the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2017 to September 2018, BCCI has relegated M.S. Dhoni and R. Ashwin to Grade A while Jasprit Bumrah moved to the newly introduced category A+. 

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) was of the view that the performance and position of Indian cricket needs to be recognised with the fee structure comparable to the best in the world.

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The highlights of the new payment structure sees the introduction of a new category (A+) for India Senior Men and introduction of another category (C) for India Senior Women. There was also increase in match fee and an upfront payment model for domestic cricketers. Moreover, the domestic match fee structure will also witness an over 200 per cent hike in each category.

In Grade A+, Bumrah along with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will earn Rs. 7 crore annually. While the players in Grade A, B and C contracts will take home an annual package of 5 crore, 3 crore and 1 crore respectively.

Bumrah, Karthik beneficiaries

The CoA may be complemented for creating a new category (A+) - of players who are supposedly part of the squad, if not the team, across all three formats. Interestingly, the choice of players has been interesting, if not intriguing in the category that will fetch the maximum retainer of Rs. 7 crore. While Kohli and Bhuvneshwar deserve to be in the category of top five players, while Rohit and Dhawan's inclusion in the category is debatable since they are not certainties in the starting line-up in Tests.

However, Bumrah's selection in the top brass is slightly baffling, considering he was never considered for the Test squad before the start of the ongoing cycle. The contracts for 2017-18 are supposed to be based on the players' performance in 2016-17, so despite Bumrah having justified his selection in the Test squad in South Africa recently, that he wasn't even on the Test radar for the previous year seems to have been conveniently overlooked.

Similarly, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik's inclusion in Grade B is also baffling. The Tamil Nadu cricketer, whose mother-in-law was a team-mate of CoA member Dian Edulji in the 1970s, was recalled towards the end of the 2016-17 cycle in limted overs' teams and has still not cemented a place, but has still been included in the pool of retainer with Rs. 3 crore.

BCCI's new Annual Player Contracts:

India (Men)

A+ (7 Crore) - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

A  (5 Crore) - R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, M.S. Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha

B  (3 Crore) - Lokesh Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik

C  (1 Crore) - Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav

India (Women)

A (50 lakhs) - Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana

B (30 lakhs) - Poonam Yadav, V Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma

C (10 lakhs) - Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parveen, Sushma Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia

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