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Why are Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni laughing all the way to the bank?

While Shikhar Dhawan was demoted and Suresh Raina couldn’t find a place in any of the three grades of BCCI central contracts, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay were promoted to Grade A (along with MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane who already had top rung contracts), with a salary of Rs 2 crore

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2017 23:05 IST
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Current India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli (left) and former captain MS Dhoni, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane have been given Grade A contracts by the BCCI while Shikhar Dhawan, who enjoyed Grade B contract, has been demoted to Grade C. Suresh Raina lost his central contract with the Board.
Current India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli (left) and former captain MS Dhoni, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane have been given Grade A contracts by the BCCI while Shikhar Dhawan, who enjoyed Grade B contract, has been demoted to Grade C. Suresh Raina lost his central contract with the Board.(Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (COA) has doubled the annual retainer fee for the players in central contracts, while increasing the match fee. Grade A, B and C contracted players will now receive amounts of Rs. 2 crore, Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 50 lakh per annum, respectively.

Out-of-favour opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been demoted to Grade C in the list of contracted players, which was updated by the BCCI on Wednesday. He had earlier been listed in Grade B.

On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay were promoted to Grade A where they join MS Dhoni, skipper Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.

Meanwhile, Suresh Raina, who has been struggling with indifferent form, couldn’t find a place in any of the three rungs of the BCCI central contract.

Following is the updated list of contracted players.

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