England stars to receive Hundred salary boost for 2022 tournament

According to ESPNcricinfo, England’s top white-ball cricketers will earn up to £135,000 for their participation in the Hundred next summer, following a 25% increase in wages for the game. Men’s salaries were set to range from £30,000 to £125,000 in the first year of the Hundred in 2020, with a £10,000 bonus for captains, but were slashed by 20% after the competition was postponed. Salary bands have been reset to their initial levels for the 2022 edition, according to regulations distributed to Hundred teams this week and obtained by ESPNcricinfo, meaning teams will have a purse of £1 million rather than £800,000. As a result, some of the country’s best limited-overs players, like Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, and Liam Livingstone, are set to receive salary raises.

The ECB will also hope that the increased earning potential helps to attract top overseas players for the 2022 season, after a slew of internationals withdrew from the first edition due to international travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, including Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Men’s teams will be allowed to keep up to ten players signed for the 2021 season, including individuals like Maxwell, Warner, and Shaheen who withdrew due to injury or Covid-related concerns. The retention window commenced at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and will close in mid-February, before the draft in March.

Despite the removal of public distinctions between players on Test, white-ball, and all-format contracts, changes to England’s central contracts structure have had little impact on the draft process. Before the commencement of the South Africa series in mid-August, test players are expected to be eligible for up to three group games and maybe the knockout stages the first weekend of September.

Moeen, Morgan, Roy, and Adil Rashid are four of the 20 centrally contracted players that are deemed white-ball specialists, which means they will continue to be paid through the draft system, while the remaining 16 will either be retained or reallocated through a central contract draft. Some players, like as James Anderson and Stuart Broad, will be given special permission to skip the competition and will be labeled as ‘non-playing players.’

The sequence of picks in the March draft will be reversed from the season’s final standings, meaning the London Spirit will pick first in the first round while the defending champions, the Southern Brave, will pick last. Each team will have one ‘right-to-match’ option, in which they can re-sign a player who was contracted for 2021 if a free slot at the wage band provided to them by another team is available.

The majority of other important international teams are scheduled to play series during the Hundred’s window, therefore players from Australia and New Zealand are expected to be popular. New Zealand will play three Tests in England in June before the white-ball series in Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands in July and early August, while Australia will have a gap between a Sri Lankan visit and three early-season ODIs against Zimbabwe at home. After the T20 Blast group rounds, the wildcard draft will take place in July, with each team selecting one final squad member based on their performance in that competition. According to ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday, the Hundred’s four-week window will begin in early August, two weeks later than in 2021.

After a record-breaking inaugural season, salaries for the women’s competition are anticipated to rise, with ECB chief executive Tom Harrison promising “some good news” in August. For retentions, the open-market approach is expected to continue.