Player gradations for 2011-12 were approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s Working Committee after a meeting in Kolkata today.
Yuvraj Singh has been rewarded for his World Cup performance with a Grade A contract from the BCCI for 2011-12, a year after being demoted to Grade B. Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma have both been given Grade A contracts for the first time.
Rohit Sharma moved up from Grade C to B, as did R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but Ashish Nehra, who had a Grade B contract, did not make the list of contacted players.
Harbhajan Singh, who was not picked for the one-day series against England or for the upcoming first Test against West Indies, remained in Grade A.
The ‘A Grade’ (one crore rupees): Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, V.V.S. Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli.
The ‘B Grade’ (50 lakh rupees): Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.
The ‘C Grade’ (25 lakh rupees): S. Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Munaf Patel, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, S. Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma and Varun Aaron.
1. Appointment of Evan Speechly as the Physiotherapist of the Indian team for a period of two years. He will join the team for the 3rd Test between India and West Indies.
2. IPL is categorized as List “A” match.
3. The BCCI has instituted an award for the Best All-Rounder in the Ranji Trophy and the Best All-Rounder in Domestic limited-overs tournaments, in the name of Late Shri. Lala Amarnath from this season, to commemorate the Birth Centenary of the former India captain. The award will comprise a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakhs, in each category.
4. The Working Committee approved in principle the proposal that a certain portion of the gate income of the IPL playoffs will be awarded as benefit for retired cricketers. A Committee has been appointed to work out the modalities.
5. The draft Sports Bill was presented to the Working Committee. The views of the BCCI are as follows:
While the BCCI is all for good governance and transparency in sports bodies, certain aspects of the Bill seek to destroy the autonomy of the Board and dilute the rights of its members. Therefore the Board is totally opposed to this Bill and will be communicating its objections to the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports shortly. It has to be borne in mind that “Sports” is a State subject and the Legislative Competence of Central Government is limited. The bill tends to encroach upon fundamental rights of Sports bodies.