India pacer Mohammad Shami's BCCI contract on hold after cheating allegations by wife

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India‘s cricket board has declined to renew fast bowler Mohammad Shami‘s contract pending an investigation into “unsavoury” allegations that he cheated on his wife.

Shami, who represented India during the tour of South Africa in January, has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as “part of a big conspiracy” to defame him.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India dropped Shami from a list of contracted players unveiled Wednesday, which saw skipper Virat Kohli and other top Test players awarded salaries just above $1 million.

A supervisory committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the allegations against Shami put them in a difficult position and that his contract was on hold pending review.

“We are in a bit of Catch 22,” Vinod Rai, chairman of the committee, told cricket website ESPNcricinfo.

“Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue.

“But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavoury one and you are still rewarding him.”

A source from the BCCI confirmed the board’s position when contacted by AFP.

Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan, a former model, went public Tuesday with a series of messages that Shami, 27, allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage.

She also accused the cricketer, whom she married in 2014, of domestic violence.

India media reported that Jahan went to the police in Kolkata but did not file an official report against her husband.

Shami vented his frustration at his wife’s accusations and sought to clear his record.

“What is being said about my personal life is completely false,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

“It’s definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me.”

The board elevated Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to a new “A+” category for the highest salaried players.

Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were placed in the next grouping and will receive an annual salary of $777,000.

Provided by AFP Sport

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BCCI announces new contract system for Indian cricket, Mohammed Shami's name missing from list

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Shami's name has been withheld from the list.

The BCCI had announced a new graded contract system for the men’s and women’s Indian teams, to be applicable from the 2017-18 season.

A new grade, A +, has been introduced for the men’s team, with a base contract of US $1million approximately. Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshawar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah are the five beneficiaries who find themselves accorded the highest grade.

The new grades, announced by the court appointed Committee of Adminstrators (CoA) of the BCCI, will be effective for the period ranging from October 2017 to September 2018.

What is interesting to note is that senior pacer Mohammed Shami’s name does not feature in the list of the contract awardees released by the BCCI on its website. This may have something to do with some recent allegations surfacing against him.

THE NEW GRADES FOR THE MEN’S TEAM

Grade A +

Base contract – USD $1million approximately.

Grade A

Base contract – USD $0.8million approximately.

Grade B

Base contract – USD $0.5million approximately.

Grade C

Base contract – USD $0.2million approximately.

CLASSIFICATION OF PLAYERS

GRADE A +

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

GRADE A

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha.

GRADE B

KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik.

GRADE C

Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav.

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India limited-overs stars Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan earn million-dollar contracts, trump Test specialists

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The Indian cricket board unveiled a new central contract system on Wednesday and gave the clearest possible signal of the value it accords to limited overs and Test cricket specialists, with white-ball stars placed in the highest grade.

In the new system, limited overs regulars Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan find themselves in the A+ category, which is worth rupees 70 million ($1m), along with Virat Kohli and fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

The overall value of central contracts has risen substantially. Earlier, the highest grade (A) was worth rupees 20 million ($300,000) but now the second highest grade (A) alone carries a retainer of rupees 50 million ($770,000).

Most of India’s Test specialists now find themselves in the new A category. It includes Test spinners Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay.

For Ashwin, Jadeja, Pujara and Vijay, their contract value has more than doubled from 20 to 50 million rupees. But as a share of the contract pie, they find themselves way behind Rohit and Dhawan, whose contract value has jumped from rupees 10 and five million respectively to 70 million rupees.

In simple terms, top Test specialists in India will now earn less than the best limited overs players. It’s a clear departure from the earlier thought-process of rewarding Test players with substantial central contracts to close the gap with players who play limited overs cricket and get big IPL contracts.

Also, wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni finds himself in the second highest A Grade, reflecting his reduced influence in the Indian team after Test retirement.

Earlier, the BCCI handed out Grade A, B and C category contracts which carried a retainer of rupees 20, 10 and five million respectively.

INDIA’S NEW CENTRAL CONTRACTS:

Grade A + (Rupees 70 million, $1million)

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Grade A (Rupees 50 million, $770,000)

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha.

Grade B (Rupees 30 million, $460,000)

KL Rahul, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik.

Grade C (Rupees 10 million, $150,000)

Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav

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