As part of a restructured recruitment system for centrally contracted male players, the ECB will make additional funding available to encourage England’s top all-format cricketers to take part in the Hundred in 2023.
The Hundred has an exclusive four-week window on England’s men’s international schedule for the first time in 2023, running from August 1-27. It begins immediately after the fifth Ashes Test and ends three days before the first eleven limited-overs matches against New Zealand and Ireland, which will serve as preparation for England’s 50-over World Cup defence.
While there is an expectation that those involved in the fifth Ashes Test will not immediately return to play in the hundreds, the ECB hopes to ensure that players from all formats are available for a significant proportion of the competition. Including several multi-format players Jonny Bairstow
And Ben Stokes
The century was withdrawn entirely in 2022 to be rested before England’s Test series against South Africa and quality suffered as a result.
ESPNcricinfo understands players on central contracts across all formats were paid around £50,000 to play three games in 2022, with an extra £5,000 for any subsequent games. In 2023, they will be paid £125,000 to play the entire season, or the same fee on a pro rata basis if they make themselves unavailable for part of the season.
The ECB’s increased investment in the biggest English names reflects Cricket Australia’s renewed efforts to include its top male players in the Big Bash League. David Warner
His first appearance for the Sydney Thunder since 2013 earlier this month After signing a lucrative contract
Most of which are outside the BBL salary cap.
The amended regulations dictate that each team will sign a single ‘all-format’ centrally contracted player, assuming the player and team reach an agreement. The eight players who have this status and the teams who have the option to retain them are: Jofra Archer
(Southern Brave), Bairstow (Welsh Fire), Jos Buttler
(Manchester Originals), Sam Curran
(Oval Invincible), Joe Root
(Trent Rockets), Stokes (Northern Superchargers), Chris Woakes
(Birmingham Phoenix) and Mark Wood
In the unlikely event that two or more teams do not decide to retain those players – or reach an agreement with them – a mini-draft will be held to determine which player will join which team. England’s other centrally contracted players include Moeen Ali
, Jack Crowley, Liam Livingstone
, Ollie Pope
And Adil Rashid
Key will be part of the draft process, and could retain it if their teams reach an agreement on salary for 2023.
Surprisingly, Buttler remains under central contract for all formats despite not having played Test cricket since the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney. Ben Foakes signed his first central contract in October and impressed last year and England are not short of attacking middle-order batsmen, but Buttler’s contract status suggests his Test career is far from over.
The retention window for the Men’s Hundred officially opened on January 13 and will close on February 14 at 11.59 pm. Teams can retain up to 10 players who have a contract with them through 2022, plus one centrally contracted player.
The ECB has doubled the number of ‘wildcard’ signings per team from one based on performance in the T20 Blast group stages, meaning each team will sign two players for £30,000. The overall squad size remains unchanged.
ESPNcricinfo revealed in November
The ‘foreign wildcard’ spot has been scrapped, meaning teams will have three foreign players in their squads instead of four. All three will be available to feature in any playing eleven.
The women’s teams have been in talks with the players for the past two months to retain their ‘marquee’, Inaugural Women’s Draft