The BCCI had brought a major change in the salary structure of for Indian cricket players.
There were also big increases in pay for the players in the lower contract categories as those who received A contracts will be paid INR 5 crores. Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has revealed that the idea of introducing a new A+ Contract, by the BCCI, was that of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. If performance is the parameter, then Shami at least deserved to get a Grade C contract considering the fact that he has been in the Indian squad on most major worldwide assignments in the previous season.
As far as the senior men's team is concerned, a new A+ category has been introduced - previously, players under Grade A were paid the most - which consists of five players, namely, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The Domestic Match fee structure will witness an over 200 per cent hike in each category.
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli's name falls under the A+ category with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah.
Mohammed Shami could not feature in any of the categories of gradation. The BCCI official explained: "The insurance is in place to secure the players' IPL contract money if they get injured while playing for India".
Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were slotted to Grade A, while the likes of Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma were included in Grade B. Women cricketers in Grade A will get Rs.50 lakh while those in Grade B will be given Rs.30 lakh.
Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav will receive Rs 1 Cr each for being named in Group C.