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Zaheer gets Grade 'A' contract
September 27, 2007 19:54 IST
Last Updated: September 27, 2007 20:22 IST
Putting an end to long-drawn negotiations on the contentious contracts issue, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday announced enhanced annual retainership amounts for a pool of 33 players, with top grade cricketers being granted a whopping Rs 60 lakh each.
Having already showered the Twenty20 World Cup-winning team with hefty cash incentives, the Board carried its magnamity onto the central contracts as well by increasing the retainership amount in the existing three categories while also introducing a fourth grade.
Paceman Zaheer Khan [Images] is the lone new name in the elite Grade A, which will get Rs 60 lakh as retainership, an increase of Rs 10 lakh from the earlier contract.
In a statement, the BCCI also said the C K Nayudu Awards Committee, comprising Sharad Pawar [Images], I S Bindra, M A K Pataudi, Prabhash Joshi and Niranjan Shah, unanimously nominated former India captain Nari Contractor for the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2006-2007. The award consists of a trophy, citation and Rs 15 lakh. The award ceremony will be held in November.
Following are the retainership grades from October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Grade 'D' [Rs 15 lakh]: Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Mohd. Kaif, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel, S Badrinath, Akash Chopra, Yusuf Pathan.
A player who is not offered a retainership and selected to play for India in Test or One-Day Internationals will be placed in Grade 'D'.
If a player in Grade 'D' plays five Tests or 15 ODIs in a year he will be placed in Grade 'C' from that date and be paid retainership on pro rata basis.