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Richa Ghosh gets Grade B contract

Grade B has an annual retainership of Rs 30 lakh

Our Bureau Calcutta Published 28.04.23, 05:48 AM
Deepti Sharma.

Deepti Sharma. File photo

All-rounder Deepti Sharma is a new entrant to BCCI’s highest bracket of annual retainers worth Rs 50 lakh — Grade A — alongside Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur for 2022-23.

Leg spinner Poonam Ya­dav, who was in the highest bracket of the May 2021 central contracts, has been omitted along with the retired pair of Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.

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Shikha Pandey, who ear­ned a recall after 15 months ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, has also been left out.

The Grade B list, which had 10 players previously, has been pruned to five, with Renuka Singh and Richa Ghosh, who were last time handed Grade C deals, being the new entrants. The others include Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad. Grade B has an annual retainership of Rs 30 lakh.

Grade C, worth Rs 10 lakh, has nine players from six previously. This includes first-timers — fast bowlers Meghna Singh and Anjali Sarvani, all-rounders Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana and Devika Vaidya and battersS. Meghana, Yastika Bhatia and Harleen Deol. All-rounder Radha Yadav, who was earlier in Grade B, is also part of this group.

The women players now earn the same match fee as their male counterparts — Rs 15 lakh per Test, Rs 6 lakh per ODI and Rs 3 lakh for a T20I.

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