'Disgrace' - Michael Vaughan expresses dismay over Ravindra Jadeja not receiving Grade A+ contract from BCCI

‘Disgrace’ – Michael Vaughan expresses dismay over Ravindra Jadeja not receiving Grade A+ contract from BCCI

In the contract list announced by BCCI, Ravindra Jadeja retained his Grade A contract, without a promotion.

Michael Vaughan and Ravindra Jadeja
Michael Vaughan and Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has expressed his displeasure with Ravindra Jadeja not getting the highest-paid contract from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Recently BCCI announced their list of contracted players. In there, only three players, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma were given the Grade A+ category contract. 

The three players thereby will get an annual salary of INR 7 crores from the board. Jadeja, on the other hand, was kept in the Grade A category. It was later revealed that Jadeja was considered for a promotion but was later, not given any. Generally, the highest Grade A+ contract is given to the players who play in all three formats for India. 

Since late 2019, the Saurashtra all-rounder has been playing in all the formats for India and has been one of the key players in the national team. According to Vaughan, the star all-rounder should be on the list behind captain Virat Kohli. Cricbuzz had shared the news on Twitter that Ravindra was initially discussed for promotion but he wasn’t given a bump in the contract. 

 

Michael Vaughan says that Ravindra Jadeja should be just behind Virat Kohli

Vaughan responded to the tweet calling it a disgrace that Jadeja has not been offered the highest contract. Vaughan wrote on Twitter, “Disgrace … he should be on a the biggest behind Virat.” It was also seen that Hardik Pandya, another all-rounder, was given a bump in the contract from Grade B to Grade A. 

According to the report published on Cricbuzz, the fact that Jadeja didn’t get a contract upgrade might have to do with the fact that he has not played a lot of cricket for India recently. During the Australian tour, he suffered an injury that restricted him from playing the home series against England. He has recently returned to the field of action with the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021. 

Former Cheif Selector MSK Prasad has also opined that Jadeja should be given the A+ contract. The cricketer’s current pay scale in the Grade A category means that he will get INR 5 crores per annum.