Dawid Malan, Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson landed the first central contracts.
Replacing their old model contract, the England and Wales Cricket Board (BCE) awarded a central contract for the 2021-22 season to 20 male players. The previous policy that differentiated between red and white ball players had recently been glossed over for being too inflexible and rigid.
For example, there was not a single spinner in the test contracts awarded for the 2020-21 season despite no less than six tests (two against Sri Lanka, four against India) planned for the duration in Asia. .
The revised contracts were developed in consultation with the players, Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) and take into consideration the likelihood of players representing England in all formats over the course of the coming year.
Dawid Malan, Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson were awarded the first central contracts, while the ECB awarded four additional contracts to Dom Bess, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone. Notable exclusions are those of opener Dom Sibley, Sam Billings and David Willey. The latter two were named to England’s T20 World Cup squad. That aside, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were included alongside Moeen Ali, who recently retired from Test Cricket.
“Since the creation of the central contracts in 2002, the system has facilitated the improvement of the preparation, performance and professionalism of the England squad and has ensured that players are well rewarded for representing their country at the level of the elite, ”Giles added.
“The international game continues to evolve and we need to keep in mind that we need to lead the way in player performance in the ever-changing landscape of cricket. Our goal 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 want to congratulate all the players who have come up with deals for the coming year, especially newcomers Jack Leach, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson. Receiving your first central contract is a big moment in any player’s career. They will all play a pivotal role in England’s fortunes over the next 12 months.
English players under central contract: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy , Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Increment contracts: Dom Bess, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone
Pace bowling development contracts: Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Olly Stone