Six Surrey men’s players have received England Central Contracts under a revamped system introduced by ECB.
Club captain Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope and Jason Roy will receive full Central Contracts, whilst Tom Curran and Chris Jordan, who has returned to Surrey from Sussex and will captain the Club in T20 cricket, have received incremental contracts.
Under the new system, 20 annual contracts have been awarded on a ‘single’ contract list, instead of the previous separation of red ball and white ball contracts introduced in 2016. Tom Curran, who had a white ball contract in 2020/21, has moved to an incremental central deal.
Ben Foakes, Reece Topley and Will Jacks, all of whom have been involved in England squads this year, have not been given Central Contracts.
The contracts awards panel, made up of Managing Director of Men’s England Cricket, Ashley Giles and Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, has also awarded four England Increment Contracts and three England Pace Bowling Development Contracts.
The new system has been developed working in consultation with the players, Team England Player Partnership (TEPP) and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA). It has been designed to meet England’s future needs in what has become a fluid and dynamic landscape.
The system considers the likelihood of players featuring in England teams across formats in the next 12 months, whilst also recognising performances in the preceding year.
Considerations were also agreed against a busy international schedule, made challenging by additional Covid-related constraints, and taking into account the mental wellbeing and welfare of the players.
Managing Director of Men’s England Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “I would like to thank TEPP and the players for all their constructive input through the process of developing this new system, which I believe is the fairest and most transparent way of rewarding players across all formats.
“We have worked well to get to this stage and the refinements made will take into account the amount of cricket we will be playing across formats over the next period of the ICC Future Tours Programme.
“Since the inception of central contracts in 2002, the system has facilitated improved preparation, performance and professionalism of the England team and has ensured that players are well rewarded for representing their country at the elite level.
“The international game continues to evolve, and we have to be mindful that we have to lead the way in player performance across cricket’s ever-changing landscape. Our objective 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 would like to congratulate all the players offered agreements for the coming year. They will all play a pivotal role in England’s fortunes over the next 12 months.”
England Men’s Central Contracts
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jofra Archer (Sussex)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Jason Roy (Surrey)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Mark Wood (Durham)
England Increment Contracts
Dom Bess (Yorkshire)
Tom Curran (Surrey)
Chris Jordan (Surrey)
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
England Pace Bowling Development Contracts
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Olly Stone (Warwickshire)