The 2021/22 central contracts for England’s men have been confirmed, with Dawid Malan, Jack Leach, and Ollie Robinson receiving them for the first time.
The ECB have announced a new structure for the year ahead – developed in consultation with the players, Team England Player Partnership (TEPP), and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) – with 20 annual contracts awarded on a single list, which is a change from previous years when they were separated into white-ball and red-ball contracts.
20 central contracts were handed out for the 12-month period starting on the 1st of October, with Malan, Leach, and Robinson all receiving them for the first time.
The full list of central contracts awarded is as follows:
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny 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), and Mark Wood (Durham)
Meanwhile, increment contracts have been been given to Yorkshire spinner Dom Bess, Surrey quick Tom Curran, Surrey all-rounder Chris Jordan, and Lancashire batter Liam Livingstone, while Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood, Somerset’s Craig Overton, and Warwickshire’s Olly Stone have all been given pace bowling development contracts.
Ashley Giles, managing director of Men’s England cricket, said: “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.
“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.”
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