The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hiked retainership and participation fees across all forms of the game for cricketers selected for international matches on Thursday, even as it downgraded out-of-form batsman Yuvraj Singh and promoted Suresh Raina to the top bracket. Yuvraj has been pushed down from A to the B group in the BCCI’s gradation system, with a substantial lowering of retainership fee.
The biggest hike announced was in the participation fee for Test matches, which has been raised from R2.5 lakh to R7 lakh per test. With India topping the Test rankings, the BCCI is understandably keen to promote this form of cricket. These are the annual contracts from October 2010 to September 2011.
While the hike in Test match fees is 180%, that in one-dayers is around 150%. The remuneration for a Twenty20 International has been doubled.
“We want to emphasise the primacy of Test cricket,” said BCCI secretary N Srinivasan.
“If a player plays Test cricket regularly, he will not only be paid the most but also be respected the most,” BCCI chief administrative officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty said.
The BCCI also revised the annual retainer substantially for top players. Nine top players were retained in Grade A will be paid R1 crore, seven in Grade B who will be paid R50 lakh. Grade C players (eight) stay in the R25 lakh bracket.