Laxman, Harbhajan, Gambhir, Sehwag get Grade A contracts

December 15th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghNew Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag went a notch up to Grade A contract of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The players joined skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, in the Rs.6 million a year pay package of the board.

A total of 37 players were offered contracts in four grades - A, B, C and D.

Among other biggest gainers in the BCCI’s contract list were Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma and S. Badrinath, who moved up from Grade D (Rs.1.5 million ) to a Grade B (Rs.4 million) contract.

Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and Suresh Raina have also climbed up to Grade C (Rs.2.5 million).

The players who were demoted were, S. Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik.

Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Akash Chopra were the prominent omissions from last year’s contract.

Grade A (Rs.6 million): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh

Grade B (Rs.4 million): Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Subramaniam Badrinath, Irfan Pathan

Grade C (Rs.2.5 million): Piyush Chawla, Wasim Jaffer, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, S. Sreesanth

Grade D (Rs.1.5 million): Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Parthiv Patel, Manpreet Gony, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Ashok Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha, Chetanya Nanda, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhiwan, Sudeep Tyagi.

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