Indian cricketers are among the highest paid players in the world. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) releases the Central Contract List of players every year. The board has divided the players into 4 grades. It has Grade A+, Grade A, Grade B and Grade C.
Players of Grade A + get 7 crores annually, players of Grade A get 5 crores, players of Grade B get 3 crores and players of Grade C get Rs 1 crore. This is the amount that the players are fixed to get, no matter how many matches they play. Suppose there is a player and his name is in grade B and he has not played a single match in a year, but even after that he will get Rs 3 crore.
Apart from this money that the players get from BCCI, they also get match fees. He gets Rs 15 lakh for a test match, Rs 6 lakh for an ODI and Rs 3 lakh for playing a T20 match. If a player is not a part of playing 11, then he gets 50 percent of this amount. Usually a T20 match is of 3 hours, so according to this, they earn 3 lakh rupees in three hours.
Apart from this, players also get money, which is called ‘bonus money’. This is a reward that a Test cricketer gets. Former Indian cricket team opener Aakash Chopra has made some interesting revelations related to this.
Aakash Chopra said on the YouTube channel that if a player scores a double century, he gets an extra Rs 7 lakh. While scoring a century gets 5 lakh rupees. At the same time, if a bowler takes 5 wickets, then he gets a bonus of Rs 5 lakh. This money is not part of the match fee.
R. Ashwin had scored a century in the Test match against England in Chennai earlier this year and took a total of 8 wickets. Aakash Chopra indicated that Ashwin would have earned Rs 25 lakh from that one Test match.