While an Indian cricketer might have various sources of income, which includes endorsements and advertising, the players are under annual contracts with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). These contracts are renewed every year based on the performances of the players. Currently, only three players- Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah – earn 7 crore with grade A+ contract.
The categories of the contracts for men’s cricketers include-
Here is the list of players contracted under each contract-
Grade B (INR 3 crore): KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya
Grade C (INR 1 crore): Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed, Wriddhiman Saha
Similar system is followed in women’s cricket for player contracts. In women’s cricket, there is no Grade A+, with Grade A, Grade B and Grade C players earning 50 lakhs, 30 lakhs and 10 lakhs per year respectively.
One of the senior-most players, Jhulan Goswami was moved to Grade B from A after having retired from T20Is. Youngster Poonam Yadav earned herself a Grade A contract and Jemimah Rodrigues too has been promoted to Grade B.
Here is a list of the women’s cricketers contracted under each category-
Grade A (INR 50 lakhs): Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav
Grade B (INR 30 lakhs): Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues
Grade C (INR 10 lakhs): Radha Yadav, D Hemalatha, Anuja Patil, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Mona Meshram, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Taniya Bhatia, Pooja Vastrakar