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ECB announces central contract system revamp

ECB announces central contract system revamp
Jonny Bairstow was awarded the Test contract by ECB.
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a revamped central contract system where separate contracts have been handed out for Test and limited-overs players.

In total, the ECB has awarded Test contracts to a total of 10 players including Jonny Bairstow and these players will receive their salaries directly from the board.

Meanwhile, 11 players have been given white-ball contracts and those who only have received limited-overs contracts will have their county salary topped up by the ECB.

Under the new system, the players will be ranked according to their performances on the field, their off-field contribution, fitness levels and fielding efforts and the rankings will affect the player remuneration.

A total of four players, Chris Woakes, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes, have been awarded with both Test and white-ball contracts.

Director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss said that the new contract system was designed to place special emphasis on limited-overs cricket, ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

“We believe the restructure of the central contract system will recognise the increased focus of the shorter format and the importance that we place on this as we continue our progress towards hosting the 2019 World Cup.

“It is undeniable that the introduction of central contracts in 2002 has greatly benefited the fortunes of the England Test team.

“During this period the team has consistently performed well against the other Test nations around the world.

“We hope that continues over the next few years.

“Ultimately, we are fully committed developing world class players in both Red and White Ball cricket to aid the goal of becoming the world’s number one team.”

Apart from the Test and white-ball contracts, the England selectors have handed out an increment contract to Gary Ballance for a period of 12 months.

Test contracts: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

White Ball contracts: Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, David Willey

Increment contract: Gary Ballance

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