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BCCI reveals actual salaries of retained IPL players, Virat leads the lot

THE BCCI revealed the actual salaries of retained Indian Premier League (IPL) players on Friday ahead of the ninth season of the lucrative T20 tournament.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli is the highest paid player with an actual salary of Rs.15 crore ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Team Pune) and Shikhar Dhawan (Sun Risers Hyderabad) who earn Rs.12.5 crore each.

Dhoni and Suresh Raina were the first picks by newly-formed franchises Team Pune and Team Rajkot respectively at the recent IPL player draft in Mumbai. The two franchises, who have replaced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), paid Rs.12.5 crore each for the duo.

But the BCCI has clarified that the 10 players who were bought at the draft will continue to receive the salaries which they did from their previous teams. As a result, Raina will continue to receive a salry of Rs.9.5 crore although Rs.12.5 crore will be deducted from Team Rajkot's salary purse.

Mumbai Indians' West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard draws the highest salary among the foreign players at Rs.9.7 crore. His official purse deduction is Rs.9.5 crore.

There are several players who are being paid less than their official purse deductions. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir are the only other players apart from Kohli, Dhoni and Dhawan to be paid Rs.10 crore or more in a season. 

While Gambhir receives Rs.10 crore, Rohit, who captained Mumbai Indians to the IPL title last season, receives Rs.11.5 crore. But both their official purse stands at Rs.12.5 crore. Manan Vohra is being paid Rs.35 lakh by Kings XI Punjab, which is less than 10 percent of the value of his Rs.4 crore official purse.

Among the foreigners, David Miller, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum and James Faulkner are receiving less than their purse deduction amounts.

Each franchise is required to spend a minimum of Rs.40 crore but not more than Rs.66 crore on their squad. But when a franchise decides to retain players, the purse deduction values are taken into account to calculate the amounts they are allowed to spend.

Sr. No

Team

Player

Country

Purse Deduction (INR)

Actual Salary (INR)

1

KXIP

David Miller

South Africa

125,000,000

50,000,000

2

KXIP

Manan Vora

India

40,000,000

3,500,000

3

KKR

Gautam Gambhir

India

125,000,000

100,000,000

4

KKR

Sunil Narine

West Indies

95,000,000

80,000,000

5

MI

Rohit Sharma

India

125,000,000

115,000,000

6

MI

Keiron Pollard

West Indies

95,000,000

97,000,000

7

MI

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka

75,000,000

81,000,000

8

MI

Harbhajan Singh

India

55,000,000

80,000,000

9

MI

Ambati Rayudu

India

40,000,000

60,000,000

10

RCB

Virat Kohli

India

125,000,000

150,000,000

11

RCB

A B deVillers

South Africa

95,000,000

95,000,000

12

RCB

Chris Gayle

West Indies

75,000,000

84,000,000

13

SRH

Shikhar Dhawan

India

125,000,000

125,000,000

14

Team Pune

M S Dhoni

India

125,000,000

125,000,000

15

Team Pune

Ajinkya Rahane

India

95,000,000

80,000,000

16

Team Pune

R Ashwin

India

75,000,000

75,000,000

17

Team Pune

Steven  Smith

Australia

55,000,000

40,000,000

18

Team Pune

Faf du Plessis

South Africa

40,000,000

47,500,000

19

Team Rajkot

Suresh Raina

India

125,000,000

95,000,000

20

Team Rajkot

Ravindra Jadeja

India

95,000,000

55,000,000

21

Team Rajkot

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

75,000,000

32,500,000

22

Team Rajkot

James Faulkner

Australia

55,000,000

51,000,000

22

Team Rajkot

Dwayne Bravo

West Indies

40,000,000

40,000,000






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