Ollie Robinson, England’s pacer, was included in the central contracts list. He was not the only one to be awarded contracts. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach and batter Dawid Malan also received contracts under the new system. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), announced Friday that Liam Livingstone, an all-rounder, has been awarded an increment contract.
The new system has 20 annual contracts instead of the red-ball and whiteball contracts that have been in place since 2016. Ashley Giles, Managing Director of Men’s England Cricket, and Chris Silverwood, Head Coach, were part of the contracts panel. They also awarded three England Pace Bowling Development Contracts and four England Increment Contracts.
“I want to congratulate all players who were offered contracts for the next year, especially newcomers Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson. It is a huge moment in any player’s career to receive your first central contract. Giles stated that they will all play a crucial role in England’s fortunes in the next twelve months,” in a statement by the ECB.
Robinson enjoyed a great summer for England this year, despite the fact that his debut at Lord’s was overshadowed by some unfavorable social media posts from many years ago. This resulted in a fine of 3,200 pounds as well as an eight-match ban. He picked up 28 wickets in five Tests at an average 19.60. After almost three years, Malan returned to Test cricket with a success while Livingstone received an incremental contract.
“We worked hard to reach this stage. The refinements will take into consideration the amount of cricket that we will be playing across formats during the next period in the ICC Future Tours Programme. Giles added that central contracts have facilitated better preparation, performance, professionalism, and a sense of pride for the England team since 2002.
Dom Sibley, the opener, was absent due to his loss of place in the Test side to Haseeb, who is also not on this list. Other notable omissions include Sam Billings and David Willey, left-arm pace all rounder in the men’s T20 World Cup team.
“The international game is constantly evolving, and we must be aware that we have the responsibility of leading the way in player performance in a changing environment like cricket.” Giles stated that our goal remains to create world-class players in each of the three formats and to be the most respected team in the entire world.
Central contracts: Moeen Al, James Anderson. Jofra Arker. Jonathan Bairstow. Stuart Broad. Rory Burns. Jos Buttler. Zak Crawley. Sam Curran. Jack Leach. Dawid Malan. 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 contracts: Saqib Mahamood and Craig Overton.