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COA gets proposal for hike in players' central contracts

Cheteshwar Pujara may benefit from this new scheme

New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (COA) received a proposal to consider a five-fold hike in the Central Contracts of Indian players with an aim to reaffirm Test cricket's top status among the Gen-Next who are certainly enamoured by the IPL riches.

A prominent personality, who has closely worked with the Lodha Committee on the constitutional and structural reforms in the BCCI, has sent a note to the COA with suggestions that the top grade of the Central Contracts be revised from the current R1 crore to R5 crore. As of now, the Grade A players get Rs 1 crore while Grade B and C players get a yearly remuneration of R60 and 35 lakh respectively excluding their match fees which is Rs 15 lakh for the first XI men in the five-day games.

Some of the players like Cheteshwar Pujara or Ishant Sharma — big stars in their own rights — have gone unsold at the IPL auctions while uncapped players like Thangarasu Natarajan or Mohammed Shiraz got whopping contracts of Rs 3 crore and Rs 2.6 crore respectively purely based on T20 skills. For the record, Pujara has over 3000 Test runs with 10 tons while Ishant has more than 200 Test wickets. "Not every cricketer has multi-million endorsement deals. The real incentive should be playing Test cricket," said a BCCI source.

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