India’s star cricketers were unpaid despite a massive hike in their remuneration in March. The Committee of Administrators (COA) had announced new player contracts but there was a catch to it.More than three months later, Virat Kohli and Co. were unpaid. The players followed up with officials and they were assured that the contracts would be honoured.Hours before their departure for Ireland and England, BCCI finally okayed the new contracts. On Thursday, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhry had said he would sign off the revised pay only if it was approved by the house.The Indian team will be busy for the next five years. They will play two T20 Internationals in Ireland before travelling to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. Over the next five years, India will play over 200 international matches.The SGM’s approval for the revised pay, therefore, will come as a huge relief for the players.Under the new pay structure, a new Grade (A+) was introduced. Players in the A+ category will be paid Rs 7 crore while those in Grade A will get Rs 5 crore. Those in Grade B and C will get Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.There was a siginificant pay hike for women cricketers too.Chaudhry has also promised a huge pay hike for domestic cricketers.