Mumbai, May 20, 2021: The 17-year old hard-hitting batter, Shefali, who recently received her maiden India Test call-up for a one-off Test against England, has been promoted from a Grade C to a Grade B central contract in the 2020-21 BCCI India Women contract list.
Apart from Shafali, batter Punam Raut and spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad have also been promoted from Grade C to Grade B while the likes of Ekta Bisht, Veda Krishnamurthy, Dayalan Hemalatha, and Anuja Patel have been left out from annual contract.
This year, only 19 players have given the BCCI Women contract unlike 22 players in the last year. 17-year-old Richa Ghosh included for the first time and handed Grade C. She is one of six players on a Grade C retainer worth INR 10 lakh.
All-rounder and limited-overs captain Harmanpreet Kaur, top-order batter Smriti Mandhana, and spinner Poonam Yadav are the three players to have earned a Grade A contract worth INR 50 lakh while the remaining 10 players on Grade B INR 30 lakh retainers.
India Women contract list
Grade A (INR 50 Lakh)
- Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav
Grade B (INR 30 Lakh)
- Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shafali Verma, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues
Grade C (INR 10 Lakh)
- Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Priya Punia, Richa Ghosh