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BCCI announces annual player contracts for Indian women’s cricket team for 2022-23 season

annual player contracts for the Indian women's cricket team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released its annual player contracts for the Indian women’s cricket team for the 2022-23 season. The announcement was made on Thursday, April 27th. The BCCI has reduced the number of players from 19 to 17 this year, and the players have been divided into three grades – A, B, and C.

In Grade A, the highest bracket, players receive INR 50 lakh. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and star opener Smriti Mandhana have retained their places in this category, while star all-rounder Deepti Sharma has been promoted from Grade B. However, veteran spinner Poonam Yadav, who was in Grade A last year, did not make the cut this year.

Young wicket-keeper batter Richa Ghosh has made a big jump from Grade C to Grade B in the newly announced player contracts. Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Varma, and Rajeshwari Gayekwad have all retained their places in Grade B.

Meanwhile, players in Grade C receive INR 10 lakh. Meghna Singh, Devika Vaidya, Sabbineni Meghana, Anjali Sarvani, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, and Yastika Bhatia are all in this category. However, Punam Raut, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, Mansi Joshi, Priya Punia, and Arundhati Reddy were not retained this year.

Here’s a table summarizing the annual player contracts for the Indian women’s cricket team:

Annual player contracts for the Indian women’s cricket team

Grade A Grade B Grade C
Harmanpreet Kaur Renuka Thakur Meghna Singh
Smriti Mandhana Jemimah Rodrigues Devika Vaidya
Deepti Sharma Shafali Verma Sabbineni Meghana
Richa Ghosh Anjali Sarvani
Rajeshwari Gayakwad Pooja Vastrakar
Sneh Rana
Radha Yadav
Harleen Deol
Yastika Bhatia

It’s important to note that the BCCI introduced equal pay for the Indian women’s cricket team last year to bridge the pay gap between female and male cricketers. Although match fees for female cricketers have increased significantly, the annual retainers for women’s cricketers remain the same as last year.

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