The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced the list of annual contracts for the players. The list has four categories A+, A, B and C. Players in A+ grade get 7 crores per year as a retainer ship, those in Grade A get 5 crores, Grade B gets Rs 3 crore while Grade C gets one crore.
The contracts are decided by the BCCI president, secretary, and chairman of the selection committee. Hyderabad pacer, Mohammed Siraj made his entry first time into the list debuting at Grade C. Siraj made an impressive Test debut during the 2020-21 season when India overcame an injury crisis.
He played a crucial role in beating Australia 2-1 away. Playing his maiden Test series, Siraj claimed 13 scalps in three Tests he played in the four-match Test series including a five-wicket haul on Day 4 of the Gabba Test where India beat Aussies by three wickets.
Siraj hails from a modest background with his father being an auto rickshaw driver. His father passed away while he was in Australia. Siraj could not return home for the funeral due to COVID-19 protocol. His hard work and sacrifice have now paid off.