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BCCI’s Contracts 2009-2010

BCCI announced the new list of contracted players for 2009-2010.

Players from the previous year not included this year have been struck out in the list and players who have been offered new contracts are in bold.

Grade A (Rs 60 Lakh):
Sachin Tendulkar
MS Dhoni
Rahul Dravid
Zaheer Khan
Yuvraj Singh
Gautam Gambhir
Virender Sehwag
VVS Laxman
Harbhajan Singh

No change since last year…

Grade B (Rs 40 Lakh):
Suresh Raina
Rohit Sharma
RP Singh
Munaf Patel
Ishant Sharma
Praveen Kumar (promoted from Grade C)
Ashish Nehra (no contract last year)

In this grade, S. Badrinath and Irfan Pathan have been “demoted”.

Grade C (Rs 25 Lakh):
S. Badrinath (demonted from B)
Irfan Pathan (demoted from B)
Wasim Jaffer
Yusuf Pathan
Pragyan Ojha
Amit Mishra
S Sreesanth
Dinesh Karthik (promoted from D)

In this grade, Piyush Chawla sees a “demotion”.

Grade D (Rs 15 lakh):
Piyush Chawla (demoted from B),
Robin Uthappa
Parthiv Patel
Cheteshwar Pujara
Mohammad Kaif
Virat Kohli
Ashok Dinda
Wriddhiman Saha
M Vijay
R Ashwin
Shikhar Dhawan
Sudeep Tyagi
Manoj Tiwary
Ravindra Jadeja
Dhawal Kulkarni
Abhishek Nayar
Ajinkya Rahane

Manpreet Gony and Chetanya Nanda have lost out on a contract while Manoj Tiwary makes a reappearance after being left out in the cold for a year. Meanwhile, players to make the list for the first time are Ravindra Jadeja (about time), Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane (3 Mumbai players!).

— Mohan

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Player contracts…

The BCCI appears to have sorted out the new contracts for 2007-08 for Team India players. They have also increased both the contract-amount payable for each Grade as well as the number of Grades.

In the previous round, the contracts raised a few eyebrows, especially with respect to Zaheer Khan who languished in Grade-C! Zaheer Khan now moves to Grade A! The graded players for the previous round were:

  • Grade-A (Rs 50 lakh/yr plus match fee): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, M. S. Dhoni.
  • Grade-B (Rs 35 lakh/yr plus match fee): V. V. S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar.
  • Grade-C (Rs 20 lakh/yr plus match fee): Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Sree Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel.

The new contracts issued yesterday has the following make up:

  • Grade-A (Rs 60 lakh/yr plus match fee): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, M. S. Dhoni, Zaheer Khan. [7 players]
  • Grade-B (Rs 40 lakh/yr plus match fee): V. V. S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, S Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, R. P. Singh. [8 players]
  • Grade-C (Rs 25 lakh/yr plus match fee): Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla. [7 players]
  • Grade-D: (Rs 15 lakh/yr plus match fee) Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Mohammad Kaif, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel, S Badrinath, Aakash Chopra and Yusuf Pathan. [11 players]

That represents a 33-player list split up into 4 different grades — the previous list had only 17 players! So this is already a step in the right direction by the BCCI contracts committee.

Zaheer Khan moved two grades up to Grade-A which offers a retainer of Rs 60 lakhs pa.

Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar drop to Grade-C from Grade-B while Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik and R. P. Singh step up a grade. Grade-B @ Rs 40 lakhs pa, sees a pay hike of 5 lakhs pa.

Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla are new entrants into Grade-C which, at Rs 25 lakhs pa, also sees a pay-hike of 5 lakhs!

Grade-D @ Rs 15 lakhs pa is a new grade and accommodates 11 new players in the ‘system’.

My view is that this is a fairer representation of the talent in India and is also, perhaps, a more fair gradation. Rathnakar Shetty, N. Srinivasan and their crew appear to have got it right. One can question the details, but the priniciples appear to be right.

In addition, any player who is not on the above contract/retainership list but was selected to play for India in Tests or ODIs, would be automatically placed in the Grade D for the rest of the year. Again, this appears to be fair. In addition, a Grade-D player who plays either 5 Tests or 15 ODIs in a year for India would automatically move to Grade-C.

Looks reasonably good to me.

— Mohan

News in brief: 4 May 2007

John Buchanan has ruled out coaching India thereby giving a boost to Dav Whatmore’s chances if a foreign coach is indeed considered.

Sachin Tendulkar who had a injury scare earlier this week is back in training and the news is that he has started using his heavy bat again which he had stopped after the tennis elbow episode. While in Kolkata, unseasonal rains interrupt training schedules today, the team had a full session yesterday and the player who impressed the most was yougster Manoj Tiwary.

The BCCI have relaxed from their earlier stand and announced that the team members can sign the player contracts even after returning from the Bangladesh tour. Apparently, as per the clauses of the new contracts, players will get only 5 lakhs (USD 12,300) as flat retainer fees irrespective of their seniority, a far cry from the Rs 20-50 lakh (USD 49,000 – USD 123,000) they were earning till September, 2006. An unofficial complaint about incentive clauses in players’ endorsement contracts was what forced the BCCI to take tougher measures, according to Sharad Pawar. Meanwhile, there have been reports that the BCCI have not paid the team for the last seven months.

Hindustan Times’ Atul Sodhi explains why the Indian team needs Ravi Shastri as a coach?

Former Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna feels that young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla should have been selected in both Test and ODI teams for Bangladesh.

Ricky Ponting believes his team will continue to dominate world cricket for years to come unless their opponents improve.

– Vish

Player contracts mess…

Indian players are currently without a contract. I am working on a piece on this — which I will hopefully complete over the weekend. After talking about an overhaul of the system to deliver purely-performance-based-contracts, and then saying that contracts will be ready prior to the World Cup. the BCCI has reneged on the deal. Yet again, Indian cricket is in limbo-land. I was surprised to read in an article today in The Times of India, that only eight (the “Super Eight”) who are expected to play in both forms of the game — Tests and ODIs — will be offered contracts. They are: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan miss out! Whether the “Super Eight” have a contract before the World Cup remains to be seen.

— Mohan