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BCCI Announces Annual Contracts For Women’s Team; Harmanpreet, Smriti, Deepti Bag Grade A


Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Women) for the season 2022-23 with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma placed in Grade ‘A’ category.

As compared to the four men’s cricketer categories, Women’s cricketers are divided in three grades namely A, B, and C.

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and all-rounder Deepti Sharma have earned the top A-grade – Grade A worth ₹50 lakh – in the BCCI Central contract list for the upcoming season.

The players in the top bracket have been cut down from five last year to three, with Rajeshwari Gayakwad dropping to Grade B – worth ₹30 lakh – and Poonam Yadav missing out on a central contract altogether.

Grade B includes youngsters Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh, and Shafali Verma. While the former two, along with Renuka Thakur, make a jump from Grade C to Grade B after their impressive showings over the last year, especially the 2022 Women’s World Cup and the 2023 T20 World Cup.

The Grade C category- worth ₹10 lakh has added many new names. Meghna Singh, Devika Vaidya, Sabbineni Meghana, Anjali Sarvani, Radha Yadav and Yastika Bhatia. Sneh Rana and Harleen Deol retain their place in Grade C while Pooja Vastrakar drops a Grade.

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