After seeing the remarkable performance of Cheteshwar Pujara in the test series with Australia, BCCI is thinking of upgrading him to A-plus pay bracket in the central contracts. Currently, Pujara resides in class A pay bracket category but soon he could join Virat Kohli in the higher pay bracket. The Indian opener has impressed everyone with its continuous powerful performance in the test series against Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 521 runs in seven innings and hit three consecutive centuries in this test series. It is due to this contribution of Pujara that Indian side has managed to lead the series with 2-1.
According to reports, Committee of Administrators chief, Vinod Rai will discuss this subject with the chairman of team selectors and the team management. BCCI updated players pay scale in 2018 and set the pay of A-Plus bracket players to Rs. 7 crores and A category players for Rs. 5 crores. The B and C category players get Rs. 3 crore and Rs. 1 crore respectively. Virat Kohli, Jaspreet Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma enjoy the topmost A-Plus category in the present time.
“Pujara’s brilliant performance deserves recognition. The CoA chief will discuss with the team management and the chief selector to check if the rule for all-format specialists in the top bracket can be relaxed,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “Pujara’s elevation to the top bracket could well be a message for youngsters that performance in Test cricket will be given top priority,” the official said.
This decision will definitely inspire youngsters to improve their performance and play test cricket more effectively. Also, there are many other important decisions such as selecting Rishabh Pant as the permanent wicket-keeper for test cricket. All these decisions will be unveiled as the time progresses.