Ollie Robinson, Dawid Malan, Jack Leach awarded England central contracts in new single deal structure

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Sussex closer Ollie Robinson, Somerset spinner Jack Leach and Yorkshire hitter Dawid Malan have landed center-part contracts from England for the first time in a renewed structure for 2021-22.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has abandoned its previous strategy of awarding separate red ball and white ball deals and replaced it with a one-size-fits-all system.

The new structure is, according to the ECB, “designed to meet the future needs of England in what has become a fluid and dynamic landscape” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The system considers the probability that players will appear on England teams in all formats in the next 12 months, while recognizing performances from the previous year.

As expected, the all-rounder Ben Stokes is included in the list despite undergoing a second surgery on his finger this week at a time when he is taking a break from the game to focus on his mental health.

Kent’s Zak Crawley is on hold, but first-rate hitter Dom Sibley, who was eliminated in the summer after a losing streak, is off the list entirely.

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone lands an additional contract for the first time after his excellent campaign during the English summer. Surrey’s Tom Curran returns to an incremental contract after having a cue ball contract in 2020/21.

Ashley Giles, managing director of England Men’s Cricket, said he believes the new system is “the most fair and transparent way to reward players in all formats.”

He added: “I would like to congratulate all the players who were offered deals for next year, in particular newcomers Jack Leach, Dawid Malan and Ollie Robinson. Receiving his first center contract is a great moment in his career. Any player. Everyone will play a key role in England’s fortunes for the next 12 months. “

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)

Dom Bess (Yorkshire); Tom Curran (Surrey); Chris Jordan (Surrey); Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire); Craig Overton (Somerset); Olly’s Stone (Warwickshire)

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