Harry Brook, the 24-year-old English batter, has said that he agreed to the three-year central contract offered to him immediately with no temptation of keeping his franchise options open by getting a short-term deal. Brook is one of the three players along with Mark Wood and Joe Root, who signed a three-year central contract with the ECB.
Unlike Root and Wood, who are both in their 30s and would be satisfied with the certainty of the length of the contract, Brook is just 24 and is in high demand in the franchise circuit. He was picked up by IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping sum of INR 13.25 crores in the 2023 Auction.
Nevertheless, despite the world’s riches, Brook said there wasn’t even thought of a negotiation with the England Cricket Board when Rob Key called him for a three-year deal. “Straight away as soon as England called I was going to sign the contract,” Brook said, one day out from the second ODI against the West Indies. “I’ve wanted to play for England all my life.”
Harry Brook was one of the six players who were offered a three-year contract, with himself, Mark Wood, and Joe Root accepting the deal, while pacer Jofra Archer and ODI skipper Jos Buttler opted for two years and Test captain Ben Stokes gambled on a one-year deal on the basis that the value of these central contracts might increase when the new terms are looked upon and agreed with time.
Harry Brook’s Commitment To The National Team Is Appreciative
Brook is one of the most talented batters of this generation and his commitment to the national side is a boon for England cricket as they get to manage the workload of one of their most prized assets. Brook himself admitted that he needed a break after a terrible World Cup campaign. Harry Brook did not have an auspicious World Cup as England finished 7th in the points table and he failed to contribute with the bat.
Since Harry Brook made his Test debut in September 2022, no one has played more matches for England than Brook. He has featured in 45 matches since his test debut and the second in this list is Chris Woakes who have played 32 matches. With such a high workload, there could have been consideration to rest Brook for the ODIs and have him join up with the squad for the T20Is.
Harry Brook has put his name for the IPL auctions despite a relentless workload. He will be coming off a five-match test series against India in January and then will also feature in the IPL which means he would’ve spent the most amazing six months starting from October to the end of May in India.