The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a changed structure for the central contract of the England cricket team for the calendar year, 2021-22. The separate red-ball and white-ball contracts have been terminated, and a single annual contract will be issued under the revised system.
The players have been categorized in the system based on their previous performances and how they’re shaping up for the current year. Certain conditions have been included considering the pandemic times and keeping in mind, the mental state of the players.
“I would like to thank TEPP and the players for all their constructive input through the process of developing this new system, which I believe is the fairest and most transparent way of rewarding players across all formats.”
“We have worked well to get to this stage and the refinements made will take into account the amount of cricket we will be playing across formats over the next period of the ICC Future Tours Programme. Since the inception of central contracts in 2002, the system has facilitated improved preparation, performance, and professionalism of the England team and has ensured that players are well rewarded for representing their country at the elite level,” ECB managing director, Ashley Giles said.
Our objective remains the same to develop world-class players in all three formats – ECB director Ashley Giles
The contracts have been offered for a 12-month period which begins on October 1, 2021. Apart from the 20 central contracts, two new sections going by the name, Increment Contracts and Pace Bowling Development Contracts, were developed.
“The international game continues to evolve, and we have to be mindful that we have to lead the way in player performance across cricket’s ever-changing landscape. Our objective remains the same to develop world-class players in all three formats as we strive to become the most respected team in the world.”
“I would like to congratulate all the players offered agreements for the coming year, particularly newcomers Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, and Ollie Robinson. Receiving your first central contract is a great moment in any player’s career. They will all play a pivotal role in England’s fortunes over the next 12 months,” Giles further added.
England Men’s Central Contracts
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
England Increment Contracts
Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire).
England Pace Bowling Development Contracts
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Olly Stone (Warwickshire).