Shami left out of BCCI annual contracts, Dhawan jumps to A+
Mumbai, March 7 - Seamer Mohammed Shami found himself out of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) 26-member annual contracts system, which saw the addition of a new category.
Shami's removal may be a coincidence with the ongoing controversy involving his wife, who accused the Bengal pacer, who was in the B category in the last term, of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs.
Also out of the contracts are Yuvraj Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant and Mandeep Singh, while Suresh Raina returned and features in the C category, earning Rs 1 crore.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for BCCI announced that the contracts run from October 2017 to September 2018.
"The CoA was of the view that the performance and position of Indian Cricket needs to be recognised with the fee structure comparable to the best in the world," a release said.
The new category, termed A+, includes captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- all of them entitled to an annual pay of Rs 7 crore -- an increase of Rs 5 crore for the top bracket. Delhi left-handed opening batsman Dhawan has seen a meteoric rise as he was in the C category last year.