The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday announced a list of awards of England Men’s Central Contracts of international cricket for 2021-22.
The contract structure has been revamped, under which, the ECB has awarded 20 annual contracts on a ‘single’ contract list contrary to the previous system. In that system, which was introduced in 2016, there was a separation of red ball and white ball contracts and was considered too inflexible.
Furthermore, the ECB contracts awards panel, Managing Director of Men’s England Cricket Ashley Giles, and Head Coach Chris Silverwood has also awarded four England Increment Contracts and three England Pace Bowling Development Contracts.
“The new system has been developed working in consultation with the players, Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). It is designed to meet England’s future needs in what has become a fluid and dynamic landscape,” ECB stated in an official release.
The England Men’s Central Contracts have been awarded taking into consideration assignments and availability of the England players in the next 12 months. It has also taken into account the assessment of their performances in the previous year.
“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,” said Ashley Giles, the managing director of England men’s cricket. “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.”
The 12-month contract commenced on October 1, 2021.
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)
Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Pace bowling development contracts
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
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