Graded payment to be implemented next month

Published: Sunday, September 26, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The much-delayed graded system of payment for top Indian cricketers was given the go ahead in Kolkata on Sunday with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing the initial list of 17 players to be given the yearly contracts.

The contracts would be reviewed on September 30 next year, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters after a meeting of the Board's gradation committee.

The 17 players have been divided into three pools as follows:-

Group A: Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh.

Group B: Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Laxmipathy Balaji.

Group C: Parthiv Patel, Aakash Chopra and Murali Kartik.

Dalmiya said players in Group A would receive a retainership of Rs 50 lakh each, those in Group B Rs 35 lakh while Group C players would get Rs 20 lakh.

"In addition, the contracted players as well as any other player selected to play for a series will be paid a match fee," he said.

The match fees for a Test at home would be Rs two lakh while that for a One-day International it would be Rs 1.60 lakh. For a Test match abroad, the players would get Rs 2.40 lakh and for an ODI Rs 1.85 lakh, Dalmiya said.

A player would continue to receive the retainership fee even if he is injured or becomes ill as a result of playing or training for the country and is rendered unavailable for selection, he said.

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