Cricket-India’s Zaheer Khan promoted in central contracts
NEW DELHI, Sept 27 (Reuters) – India paceman Zaheer Khan was promoted two rungs to the elite category in the Indian cricket board’s new central contracts announced on Thursday.
Left-armer Khan made a strong comeback after months on the sidelines late in 2006 and spearheaded the team to their first test series win in England for 21 years last month.
The board raised the retainer amounts and also introduced a fourth rung of 11 players, in an apparent bid to stop them from being roped in by an unapproved Twenty20 league planned to be launched in November.
The elite Grade A players will earn an annual retainer of six million rupees ($151,000) and the second-rung just over $100,000, followed by Grade C ($63,000) and Grade D ($38,000).
The board also said vice-president Shashank Manohar would succeed Sharad Pawar when he steps down as president next year.
Grade A: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni, Zaheer Khan
Grade B: Vangipurappu Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, Rudra Pratap Singh, Virender Sehwag
Grade C: Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Munaf Patel, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Suresh Raina
Grade D: Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Mohammad Kaif, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel, Subramaniam Badrinath, Akash Chopra, Yusuf Pathan.