Cape Town - Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been rewarded for a remarkable season for India with a grade A contract from the BCCI.
Joining him in being bumped up to a top level contract are opener Murali Vijay and number three Cheteshwar Pujara who recently scored a double ton against Australia.
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane have all retained their grade A status. The new contracts will see top players earning an enhanced retainer worth in the region of US$305,000 per year.
KL Rahul, Yuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha and Jasprit Bumrah have been awarded grade B contracts while Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have all retained their second tier contracts.
Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu have dropped down one grade from the last assessment and have been awarded grade C contracts while the BCCI have not handed new contracts to Suresh Raina, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Karn Sharma, Arvind Sreenath and Harbhajan Singh.
Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant have been put on retainer for the first time while veterans Ashish Nehra and Parthiv Patel will see their grade C deals as an indication from the BCCI that they are still of use to the national team.
Grade A: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, M Vijay
Grade B: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh
Grade C: Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant