The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a new A+ category in the retainer fee structure for its top players, who will receive a huge pay increase under the new Annual Contracts for the 2017-2018 season.
The retainer structure now features four categories – Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C – compared to three in previous years.
The uppermost category features five players – skipper Virat Kohli, opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah – who have been put on a retainer worth 70 million Indian rupees.
Meanwhile, West Indies defeated Papua New Guinea by six wickets with 42 balls remaining in their Group A, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Harare, in Zimbabwe.
Windies scored 201 for 4, with Papua New Guinea being bowled out for 200. As a result, Papua New Guinea was knocked out of the tournament.