MS Dhoni will reportedly miss out on BCCI’s reworked top contract A+ category, which would only be for players playing who are playing in all the three formats. However, the top grade contract holders might still include Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, depending on their ICC Rankings.
The demand for a better pay is not new in Indian cricket. Players have been asking for it for years and it has now got advocates in the likes of former India coach Anil Kumble and current head coach Ravi Shastri. As per reports by Hindustan Times, cricketers had previously complained that they don’t get as much share from BCCI’s revenue like their international counterparts.
However, after Shastri and Virat Kohli had proposed it in their recently held joint meeting with CoA and BCCI, the committee had finally given its nod to increase the salary. And according to the reports, the committee’s newly worked out a procedure will see players being graded into four categories: A+, A, B, and C. The CoA is expected to forward the proposal to the BCCI Finance Committee that will then give its feedback after deliberating upon the guidelines.
The new category (A+) is likely to include players who are playing all three formats of the game. This essentially means that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who decided to retire from Test cricket back in 2014, is unlikely to be a part of the top-grade contract. Interestingly, players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have only played Tests of late, could be placed in the A + category on the basis of their ICC Rankings. Jadeja is currently world No. 3 while Ashwin is No. 4.
Earlier the players were divided into three grades- A