ECB announce central contract, Bairtsow denied
England Cricket Board (ECB) announced their central contracts for the next 12 months. Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was excluded from the list.
Despite the central contracts being announced by the England Cricket Board (BCB), the salary levels of the players will be informed later as it is still under negotiation after the impact of COVID-19 affected the financial situation of the board.
Three young players Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope and Dom Sibley have been awarded Test contracts for the first time while wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was left out. Joe Denly’s contract was also not renewed. ECB also informed there will be 12 Test, 12 white-ball, four incremental contracts and three fast-bowling deals altogether.
Bairstow lost his place from the longer format of the game in the last winter and he failed to return to the squad since then. Dom Bess, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Jack Leach have received incremental contracts after their performances for England across formats in the past year.
Test Central Contracts
James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).
White Ball Central Contracts
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Dom Bess (Somerset), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Jack Leach (Somerset)
Pace Bowling Development Contracts
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Olly Stone (Warwickshire)