The Indian cricket board (BCCI) promoted Ravindra Jadeja to Grade A+ category in its annual player contracts while KL Rahul was demoted to Grade B. Jadeja has become only the fourth player to get an A+ contract which is worth £700,000 after Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
There were discussions around Jadeja getting an elevation for a couple of years since he has been such an integral part of the Indian team across formats. BCCI’s faith in him and Bumrah can be seen given the fact that both cricketers have missed most of the cricket last year due to injury. With Rahul slipping down to Grade B, Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel have been given a promotion to Grade A. Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Moh ammed Shami have retained their Grade A contracts worth £500,000.
KL Rahul had started the last year as Rohit Sharma’s designated vice-captain across formats. He even led India in three Test matches but suffered a loss of form in different formats.
Grade A+ (£700,000): Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja.
Grade A ( £500,000): Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Mohd. Shami, Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel.
Grade B (£300,000): Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Mohd. Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill.
Grade C (£100,000): Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, KS Bharat.