England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday announced the central contract of the players for the 2020-21 season. The board has already incurred huge losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and they have been requesting players to take salary cuts.
The ECB named Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley and Ollie Pope in the first team of the national squad. They also removed Jonny Bairstow from the Test team and only named him in the white-ball contracts.
Earlier, the ECB had announced of furloughing 20% of the staff implying, a total loss of 62 jobs. Newly appointed chairman Ian Watmore had also warned of more losses in the forthcoming season due to the COVID-19.
When the COVID-19 had hit the globe, the ECB players had generously donated a sum amount of £500,000 to the board and charities.
The players and the board have been in regular touch to be on the same page over the pay cuts until the financial crisis is averted.
In the contract, Mark Wood has not been named in Test team but only given the white-ball contract. All rounder Tom Curran has been promoted to the full time white ball contract in the place of Joe Denly.
The astonishing part is exclusion of Dawid Malan from the white-ball central contract but settled with an increment deal. Other players in the increment deal are Dom Bess, Chris Jordan and Jack Leach.
The Board has named all the players with their new contracts based on their their performances on and off field, fitness level and fielding standards.