Indian cricketers receive healthy salaries for playing international cricket. In the latest (2015-16) BCCI’s central contract reveals that total 27 cricketers are divided into 3 different grades.
The latest one-year central contract is running from November 2015 and will end on October 2016. There are three different categories which are known as Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. The retainer fee for every Grade A player is INR 1 crore per year while Grade B and Grade C players receive INR 50 lakh each and INR 25 lakh each respectively as their retainer fees. The retainer fees are guaranteed payment for the contracted players.
Along with these retainer fees, Indian cricketers are also paid match fees for appearing in a match. The T20I fees are same for all grades which is valued of INR 1.5 lakh. But the differences between the top two grades are in Test and ODI fees. While Grade A players receive INR 5 lakh for every Test and INR 3 lakh for every ODI, Grade B players receive INR 3 lakh for every Test and INR 2 lakh for every ODI. Except the retainer value, there are no differences in the match fees between Grade B and Grade C.
Apart from these, Indian players also paid bonuses for their individual and team’s delightful performances. Among the 27 players, only 4 players enjoy Grade A while 10 players are included in Grade B and rest of 13 players are placed in Grade C.
Apart from these contracted players, all other players who appear for India during this contract period automatically receive same match fees as that of player in Grade C.
All the details of the central contract of 2015-16 are in the following:
Central Contract 2015-2016: Indian Cricketers Salary
Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma – Retainer Fee- Rs 25 lakh, Test Fee- Rs 3 lakh, ODI Fee- Rs 2 lakh, T20I Fee- Rs 1.5 lakh