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Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay were rewarded with Grade A category of the BCCI annual contracts, the amount of which has been doubled to Rs two crore from this season, while middle order batsman Suresh Raina failed to figure in the list.
The trio joins Indian captain Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in the top category of the BCCI contracts. Former skipper Dhoni retained his place in Grade A despite retiring from Test cricket.
All-rounder Jadeja, who was earlier in Grade C was promoted to Grade A on the back of his brilliant performances with the ball in the ongoing home season.
Great decision by BCCI to award Grade A contract to Cheteshwar Pujara. He needs to be compensated adequately given that he doesn't play IPL— Vivek (@kaul_vivek) March 22, 2017
The players getting the Grade B category of contracts include Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuvraj Singh.
Raina, who was demoted to Grade B last year, has been omitted altogether this time around. Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who made a comeback into Grade C last season, was the other cricketer to be left out this year.
Veteran Yuvraj Singh, however, made a comeback and was included in Grade B while opener Rahul and wicketkeeper Saha were promoted.
Grade C introduced a few new faces in Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant. Veterans Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel also made a comeback to the list of contracted players while Ambati Rayudu and Amit Mishra retained their places in Grade C.
Meanwhile, opener Shikhar Dhawan was demoted to Grade C after being out of the national side for the most part of the ongoing season.
The 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 while Grade C will be paid Rs 50 lakh per annum, which is double the amounts paid in the earlier years.
"The match fee enhancement will be effective from October 1, 2016, onward and Rs 15 lakh per Test, Rs 6 lakh per One-day International (ODI) and Rs 3 lakh for T20 International will be paid," the BCCI said in a statement.
The board also handed a cheque of Rs 15 lakh to Sandhya Rajesh Sawant, wife of former Under-19 team trainer Rajesh Sawant, who passed away during the U-19 team's series against England, earlier this year.
(With inputs from IANS)