Indian Cricket players salaries: Highest paid cricketers in 2016

On November 2015, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the retainer fee and central contracts for all the contracted players which would be renewed again in November this year.

From the list, only four players are blessed to be kept in the elite category A and as per it, they will be paid Rs. 1 crore per annum, on top of it, also the appearance fees to make in an International match.

Contract grades: The entire list of contracted players are shifted to A, B and C categories based on their experience and past one year’s performance.

Bonus: Indian cricketers get individual bonuses in case of an individual landmark in an International match (Test, ODI, T20I).

Rs 5 lakhs for century in Test/ODI. Rs 7 Lakhs for a double century in Tests/ODI’s, Rs 5 lakhs for 5-wicket haul in Tests, ODI’s or T20I’s, Rs 7 lakhs for 10-wicket haul in Tests.

Retainer fee: The retainer fee is the guaranteed yearly income of Indian cricketers according to their central contract categories. While a player from Grade A receives Rs 1 crore annually, players from Grade B and C receives Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh respectively

The below is the list of all the contracted players:

Grade A Central Contract 2016

Player Retainer Fees TEST Fees ODI Fees T20I Fees
MS Dhoni Rs 1 crore ($190,000) Rs 500,000 Rs 300,000 Rs 150,000
Virat Kohli Rs 1 crore ($190,000) Rs 500,000 Rs 300,000 Rs 150,000
Ajinkya Rahane Rs 1 crore ($190,000) Rs 500,000 Rs 300,000 Rs 150,000
Ravichandran Ashwin Rs 1 crore ($190,000) Rs 500,000 Rs 300,000 Rs 150,000

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