Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan among five players to receive new A+ central contract

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The highest-profile name to miss out from the 26-member list was Mohammed Shami.

In the top section, Grade A+, five Indian players have been kept. Moreover, in a welcome decision, the board has increased the match fees of domestic cricketers, of each category, by 200 percent. Dhoni will be getting Rs.5 crore as per the contract while Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit will be earning Rs.7 crore. The CoA wanted to finalise the contracts for the goal of insurance cover to the players before the Indian Premier League begins next month. The BCCI have introduced a new grade system altogether - Grade A+: Rs 7 Cr, Grade A: Rs 5 Cr, Grade B: Rs 3 Cr, Grade C: Rs 1 Cr.

Former Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni faces a demotion as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has transferred him to the second category of its annual player contract list.

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Meanwhile, 19 women cricketers have been given contracts across three categories.

Dhoni is one of the seven players to be named in Grade A and the others are - Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wridhhiman Saha.

The players falling in the top category will be entitled for a Rs 7cr contract while the ones in A will get richer by Rs 5cr. Similarly, junior players have also been included in the new pay structure of BCCI. Dravid was keen on receiving the same amount as the rest of the coaching staff and reduced his initial Rs. 50 Lakh by Rs. 25 Lakh.

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Those who obtained the B contract included Lokesh Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Dinesh Karthik.

The players in the C Category are Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel and Jayant Yadav.

"Hence, to insulate the player compensation, the CoA has sanctioned the creation of a "Players Revenue/Compensation Equalisation Fund" (PR/CEF) to which the BCCI will contribute approximately Rs 125 crore per annum from its surplus", the BCCI statement read.

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