Both players to receive $44,618 retainership May 5, 2006

Sreesanth and Raina offered Group C contracts

Cricinfo staff

Raina and Sreesanth have been offered Group C contracts © Getty Images

Suresh Raina and Sreesanth have been offered Group C player contracts with a retainership of Rs 20,00,000 ($44,618).

Niranjan Shah, the Indian board secretary, told PTI that the contracts for both Raina and Sreesanth would be as applicable as they are to the other members of the Indian team, meaning it would be backdated and run through to the end of 2006.

Raina made his debut against Sri Lanka in July 2005 and has played 21 one-day internationals so far. He impressed during the recent seven-match series against England with scores of 24, 81 not out, 61, 21, 2, 53 and 40.

Sreesanth has 22 wickets after 15 ODIs with his best performance, 6 for 55, coming the final match against England at Indore. He also took four-wicket hauls in the first innings of both his Tests against England at Nagpur and Mohali.

Player contract details

Group A Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Sourav Ganguly

Group B Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar

Group C Murali Kartik, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Suresh Raina