England Cricket Board has announced the latest 2021/22 central contracts and there are number of changes in how the central contract system works moving forward. The biggest change being instead of different category contracts, England now award just 1 full central contract to 20 players who are expected to feature in next 12 months in different formats. We take a look at how England’s central contract works, which players are included and how much on average a player can make playing for England on regular basis in all three formats in international cricket.
England Central Contracts For 2021/22 Season:
ECB has confirmed and announced the 20 man list for 2021/22 season contract and below are some of the details in the contract and its clauses.
Central Contract Period: Contract period is 12 months as usual which runs from 01 October 2021 to 30 September 2022
Number of players included in the central contract: in the full central contract there are 20 players included which are expected to play regularly in one of the three or all three formats in international cricket
Base Retainer Fee: £925,000 has been confirmed as the basic retainer fee for 12 month period. Most of the Players included in the full central contract will be compensated with atleast £925,000 for 12 months regardless of number of matches played or their performance however there are some discrepancies. Some of the new comers in central contract will have to play atleast undisclosed number of matches to activate the highest tier of £ 950,000 retaining fee. If they fail to achieve minimum number of matches needed to active highest tier they will be awarded only £490,000 as retaining fee.
Bonuses Relating To Performance: Apart from the basic retainer fee, England players also get £14,500 per test match and £4,500 per ODI or T20 internationals.
Tournament Related Bonuses: Apart from central contract retainer fee and match fee per match, ECB has offered £1.5 million in total to English squad featuring in T20 world cup if they win the tournament. ECB has also offered similar rewards if England were to beat Australia in Ashes.
Now this was the full central contract, however England cricket board also offer two other kinds of contracts every year which are for the up and coming young crickets and for their development.
1). Increment contracts: Offered to four players in 2021/22 season for 12 month period. These players have already played at international stage but considering they might not feature most of the time as basic retainer fee of £350,000 is awarded to them for 12 months period. This contract is awarded to Dom Bess, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone for 2021/22 season.
2). Pace bowling development contracts: This contract was introduced back in 20216 and in this category 2/3 fast bowlers are included who might or might not have played for England at international stage but have to potential to become regulars in future. For 2021/22 season Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton and Olly Stone are included in this category.
|Players||Retainer Fee||Test Fee||ODI Fee||T20 Fee|
|Eoin Morgan||£925,000 (plus undisclosed captain allowance)||£14,500||£4,500||£4,500|
|Joe Root||£925,000 (Undisclosed test captain allowance)||£14,500||£4,500||£4,500|
How much money a player in england centract contract can clear in a year ?
Since there is only category in central contract the yearly retaining fee is the same at £ 950,000 for all 20 players included but regular test players will clear much more then the players who only play T20 or ODI. If a player gets to play 10 test matches in 12 month period plus another 10/12 ODI or T20 for England he will clear £ 950,000 + £145,000 + £ 45000 making it a grand total of £ 1,190,000
Who is the highest paid player for England Cricket Team ?
Since england compensate players according to central contract most players end up earning around the same. Obviously since there is match fee for every match a player plays, the more matches a player end up playing will get higher match fee. Test match fee is 2 times higher then ODI/T20. So James Anderson who play regularly for England in test matches can clear more then the player who only represent England in limited over cricket.