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24th October 2023 News

Durham quartet awarded ECB central contracts

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the Central Contract offers for England Men’s international cricket for the year from 1 October 2023.

Four Durham players have been awarded contracts as Brydon Carse (2 year) and Matthew Potts (2 year) have signed full time central contracts for the first time, while Ben Stokes (1 year) and Mark Wood (3 year) are once again given central contracts.

The system, which covers both red-ball and white-ball players, considers the likelihood of players featuring in England teams across formats over the next period while recognising performances in the preceding year.

Multi-year contracts have been awarded for the first time since central contracts were established in 2000. The ECB has worked closely with the Professional Cricketers’ Association and Team England Player Partnership on behalf of the players to reach an outcome for all parties.

In total, 29 players have received Central Contract offers – 18 England Multi-Year Central Contracts, eight England Annual Central Contracts, and three England Development Contracts.

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said: “We are rewarding those players who we expect to make a significant impact over the coming years playing for England.

“It is great news and a credit to the players for demonstrating their commitment to English cricket in the ever-changing landscape of the sport.

“I would like to congratulate all the players who have been offered contracts. They will play a pivotal role in England’s efforts over the next few years.”



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