Mahendra Singh Dhoni may miss out on top central contract of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India, according to sources.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had approved a pay hike for Team India cricketers after a meeting with skipper Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri in New Delhi on November 30.India Today has learnt that CoA in its meet today devised a four grade contract formula — A+, A, B, C — after which players will get their much-awaited pay hike.The guidelines such as players playing all forms of the game to fall under A+ category were discussed, because of which MS Dhoni may have to miss out, having retired from Test cricket.Avenues have been kept open for players who are missing out of action from limited-overs cricket under the current rotation policy (Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravindra Jadeja). In consideration, they will stay in higher grades as their ICC rankings in other formats will also be considered.ALSO WATCHAlthough the gradation shortlisting will be done by the selectors, there will be lesser scope for subjective evaluation as they need to follow a set guidelines to decide whether players qualify for a particular grade, before taking a call.CoA may submit the gradation guidelines to BCCI finance committee soon, which will deliberate on the issue before sending their feedback to the Supreme Court-appointed committee.COA chief Vinod Rai had said his committee found a common ground with the players in a path-breaking initiative.”It was a productive meeting. The team management was very forthcoming with their recommendations and their thoughts on various issues. This was a path-breaking initiative, we feel we’ve found a common ground and aligned our thoughts for the betterment of the game – be it the policies under which the player remuneration and FTP will be worked upon.”advertisementLast year, the Indian cricketers’ central contracts saw a two-fold rise with top players in group A earning Rs 2 crore annually. Earlier, they were drawing Rs 1 crore. Despite the cent percent hike in annual contracts, the players were apparently still not happy and erstwhile coach Anil Kumble had given a presentation to the the Committee of Administrators about raising it to Rs 5 crore for Grade A cricketers.Indian players believe that someone like Cheteshwar Pujara, who does not have a lucrative IPL contract, needs to be adequately compensated for his skills in Test cricket.Currently the Indian players earn less than 8 percent (7.8 percent) of BCCI revenues.During the meeting in November, it was also decided the team would leave for England two weeks before their first match for the tour of 2018 to prepare and get used to conditions.Last year, Kohli had asked for more time to prepare before challenging overseas tours. In 2018, India have been scheduled for three away tours starting with South Africa. They will also tour England and Australia later this year.India are currently in South Africa where they will play three Tests, six one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. The first Test begins in Cape Town from January 5.The Kohli-led India reached South Africa only a week before the first Test in Newlands.”Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to sort of make do with what we have,” Kohli had said before the start of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.”As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don’t look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play.”And everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game, where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised. So we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, put us in a situation (which they expect to encounter in South Africa),” Kohli added.