MS Dhoni set to lose his A+ grade contract, BCCI to introduce new contract system

BCCI could soon incorporate new player contract system for the Indian cricket players and have entertained the idea of having four-tier grades with A+, A, B, and C being the contract grades with performance being the key criteria. According to reports, MS Dhoni could lose his A+ grade contract when the new system is announced.

MS Dhoni was a part of the deliberations, which could see him lose the A+ grade contract 

Skipper Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the former skipper MS Dhoni were part of the discussion team who spoke with BCCI on behalf of the players which resulted in the four-tier grades which would allow the players playing all formats benefit the most.

New contract system integral for IPL, informs BCCI

A senior BCCI spokesperson commented on the issue and said: “It’s important to have the new contracts in place without which the IPL player insurance policy cannot be executed.”

The new system may see the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin lose their A+ contract but could get higher benefit being the regular part of India’s test match side. Currently, the grading system sees Grade A, B, C grades with players getting the retainers of Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively, however, Indian players are set to receive significant hike under the new contract system.

New contract could be in place before India leave for 2018 Nidahas Trophy

According to reports, the new contract system (which would see an A+ grade contract being introduced) could be in place even before the Indian team leaves for their Tri-national T20I series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. BCCI want to implement the new contract system to execute the IPL player insurance policy.

Players making their debut in T20I to not be a part of the central contract

Another key decision under the new contract system is that from now on, no players will be part of India’s central contract system if they make their T20I debut, however, he can be part of the C-grade contract to start with if he makes his ODI or Test debut. Earlier a player making his senior debut became a part of the central contract system.


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