December 1, 2008
The Board of Cricket Control in India is seriously considering on having two separate kind of principal contracts for the Indian cricketers. In the previous year, the board declared that a player of A grade category would be paid a fee of fifty lakh rupees. Players belonging to B grade would be paid around thirty five lakh of rupees whereas the players of C grade category would be getting 20 Lakh rupees.
VVS Laxman along with spinner Harbhajan Singh, Baroda pacer Irfan Pathan and stroke player Virender Sehwag were relegated to grade B whereas on the other hand cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Captain MS Dhoni were placed in the grade A category.
The players who are selected to play in team India would involuntarily be placed in D grade category for the principal contracts. These players will be earning a consolidated sum of fifteen lakh rupees.
As per the new policy, it is considered that BCCI would organize players into two separate groups. The first group will be the primary Indian players whereas the second group would consist of next generation cricketers. There’s also a possibility that players, such as, Sreeshanth, Agarkar, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwari and Akash Chopra might not get the contracts for this season. In their place, Rudra Pratap Singh, Rohit and Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan are expected to make the cut this time.