The trio of captain Rohit Sharma, former skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah retained their top bracket in the BCCI Central Contracts.

They will be paid INR 7 crore each. While Hardik Pandya has been demoted from Grade A to C, the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have got Grade B, according to Dainik Jagran. They were in Grade A in the last contracts.

Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin are part of Grade A. Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t been retained.

Payment structure of BCCI annual player retainership 2021-22: Grade A+ : INR 7 Cr Grade A : INR 5 Cr Grade B : INR 3 Cr Grade C : INR 1 Cr

Grade A+ – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Grade A – Ravi Ashwin, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami & Rishabh Pant.

Grade B – Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma.

Grade C – Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Mayank Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Deepak Chahar, Umesh Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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