Pujara elevated to Grade A as CoA announces Annual Players’ Contracts

The Annual Retainer amounts were enhanced for all the categories and Grade A players will be paid Rs 2 crore per annum. Grade B will be paid Rs 1 crore per annum and Grade C will be paid Rs 50 lakh per annum, which is double the amounts paid in the earlier years.

Despite a memorable outing in the Australia series, Cheteshwar Pujara has gone unsold in the IPL auction.   -  AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara was elevated to Grade A of the Annual Players Contracts, after his stellar performance in the ongoing India-Australia Test series. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) met on Wednesday to decide on the contracts for the men cricketers, and included Pujara in the top bracket, along with captain Virat Kohli, M. S. Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja among others. Interestingly, Suresh Raina, who has been out of Team for quite long, could not find a place in any of the three categories of the contract.

The Annual Retainer amounts were enhanced for all the categories and Grade A players will be paid Rs 2 crore per annum. Grade B will be paid Rs 1 crore per annum and Grade C will be paid Rs 50 lakhs per annum, which is double the amounts paid in the earlier years.

The match fee enhancement for the cricketers will be effective from October 1, and Rs 15 lakhs per Test, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI and Rs 3 lakhs for T20 International will be paid.

Sandhya Rajesh Sawant, wife of Late Rajesh Sawant who passed away in Mumbai while on official assignment with the India U-19 team, was handed a cheque of Rs 15 lakhs, in recognition of his services to Indian Cricket.

The List

Grade A: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay.

Grade B: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh.

Grade C: Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant.

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