Fifteen players in the BCCI contract list

Published: Saturday, December 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Fifteen Indian players, including Irfan Pathan who has forced his way into the elite A group, have been contracted to the Indian cricket board for the 2005-06 season, it was announced today.

"We have contracted 15 players with eight in grade A, four in grade B and the rest in grade C," Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah told reporters here today.

The contracted players, who have been offered the same retainership as last year, are as follows:

Grade A (Rs 50 lakh retainers): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, V V S Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.

Grade B (Rs 35 lakh): Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif, Ajit Agarkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Grade C (Rs 20 lakh): Murali Karthik, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan.

Last season 17 players were offered contracts and from that list four players - Akash Chopra, Laxmipathy Balaji, Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel - have not made the cut.

The match fees for contracted players as well as non-contracted ones have been enhanced for Tests.

If non-contracted players plays five Tests or 15 ODIs during the period he would automatically be absorbed in Grade C and would be paid retainers for the remaining period of the contract on pro-rata basis, Shah said.

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