New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday hiked the annual retainership amount for a pool of 33 players in all three existing categories while also introducing a fourth grade sans retainership.
This came after showering cash incentives to the Twenty20 World Cup winning team.
Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan was promoted two rungs to the elite category in the Indian cricket board's new central contracts announced on Thursday.
Zaheer made a strong comeback after months on the sidelines late in 2006 and spearheaded the team to their first Test series win in England for 21 years last month.
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh and new ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni were the others in the Grade A with a annaul retainership of Rs 60 lakhs while eight players have been placed in Grade B to get a retainership amount of Rs 40 lakhs, a hike of Rs 5 lakhs.
The players in the third rung (Group-C) will pocket Rs 25 lakhs.
However players, who are not offered retainership and get selected to play for India in Test or ODI, will be placed in Grade D.
And if they play five Tests or 15 ODIs in a year, he will be placed in Grade C from that date and will be paid retainership on pro rata basis, a BCCI release said.
Centrally contracted players' list:
Grade A: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni and Zaheer Khan.
Grade B: Vangipurappu Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, Rudra Pratap Singh and Virender Sehwag.
Grade C: Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Munaf Patel, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla and Suresh Raina.
Grade D: Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Mohammad Kaif, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel, Subramaniam Badrinath, Akash Chopra and Yusuf Pathan.