The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the Annual Player Contracts for Team India for the Women’s national team (senior) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.
While, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Poonam Yadav were retained in the Grade A list, 15-year-old Shafali Verma was handed the Grade C contract. As per BCCI guidelines, Grade A cricketer will receive a payment of Rs 50 lakhs, while Grade B and Grade C will get Rs 30 and 10 lakhs each.
Meanwhile, senior cricketer Mithali Raj was demoted to Grade B from A. The list also features leading ODI wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami and emerging start Jemimah Rodrigues. Other women cricketers, who were named in the Grade B category are Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, and Taniya Bhatia.
Mithali, who is the current ODI skipper, retired from T20s in September last year but has plans to continue till the 2021 World Cup.
Apart from the 15-year-old, Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, D Hemlatha, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, and Priya Punia were placed in the Grade C category.
Ever since making her India debut, Shafali has attracted a lot of attention by displaying some match-winning performances. She recently scored 124 against Australia A in Brisbane and a lot will be expected from her in the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
Mona Meshram is the only player who was released from her Grade C contract last year and the 28-year-old hasn’t played a single game in recent times.
Earlier in the day, former India skipper MS Dhoni was axed from his Annual Player Contracts, while skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah were retained in Grade A+ category.