Cricketers to get fatter pay cheques

first_imgIndia’s rich cricketers are set to get wealthier with a new BCCI contract coming their way.  Grade A cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and Rahul Dravid stand to get a 60 per cent hike in their annual payments. Their new pay packet will be Rs 1 crore.Grade B and Grade C players will get Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh per year respectively – an increase of 25 per cent. The BCCI has done away with Grade D. The board has made playing Tests more lucrative. In each Test match, a player will earn Rs 7 lakh – more than double the current pay of Rs 3 lakh. The decision looks like a reward for India’s continuing No. 1 Test status. The ODI fee too has been increased, but relatively less. Every ODI will now fetch players Rs 4 lakh as against Rs 2.5 lakh earlier. For T20s, the players will be paid Rs 2 lakh.  The board has also redrawn the groups. Group ASachin TendulkarMS DhoniGautam GambhirVirender SehwagRahul DravidVVS LaxmanSuresh RainaHarbhajan Singh Zaheer Khan Group B Yuvraj SinghIshant SharmaAshish NehraPraveen KumarVirat KohliM VijayPragyan Ojha Group C S SreesanthAmit MishraR AshwinRohit SharmaCheteshwar PujaraRavindra JadejaAbhimanyu MithunVinay Kumarlast_img