Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and former Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had been downgraded in the newest central contracts list of the BCCI that was ratified by the Board’s Apex Council on Wednesday.
The BCCI has 4 classes — A+ which has annual remuneration of Rs 7 crore whereas A, B and C classes are valued at Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.
Accordingly, Pujara and Rahane, who had been in Grade A at the moment are in Grade B, after a slump in form that resulted in being dropped from the upcoming Test series in opposition to Sri Lanka.
The largest demotion, nonetheless, was for injury-ravaged all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has been shunted out from Grade A to C in the record.
Controversial keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who has been dropped from the Test team, will nonetheless be richer by Rs 1 crore after being demoted from group B to C.