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Cricket Ireland offer 12 central two-year contracts under an improved men’s contract system

Cricket Ireland offer 12 central two-year contracts under an improved men's contract system

This year will see the reintroduction of the two-year contracts which were last used in 2014-15 in the build-up to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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DUBLIN-Cricket Ireland have confirmed that 19 full-time men’s central contracts have been offered in 2022, 12 of which are two-year contracts. This year will see the reintroduction of the two-year contracts which were last used in 2014-15 in the build-up to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Ireland 2022 full-time male players:

Two-year contracts

Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

One year contracts

Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, William Porterfield, Ben White.

Andrew White, Chairman of the National Men’s Coaches, said:

“Central contracts are one of the main tools we have as managers, and contract decision-making is often guided on two levels of thinking – firstly, to identify a group of talented players who we believe will will form the core of the national team for the coming year.Secondly, identify a cohort of players who we believe can become the backbone of the senior team in the medium to long term.

“We have a very busy year ahead and a T20 World Cup at the end, but player development is also key for us when making contractual decisions. Player development, however, is not a silver bullet, but a longer-term investment in our players – as such the selectors were delighted at the opportunity to offer a number of multi-year contracts in 2022. However, these contracts should not be seen as a rite of passage for selection. As we invest in the pool of players that we have, there are players within the central contract pool, and outside of it, who are putting pressure on the existing first-team players – they are all also hungry and eager to succeed.

“A conspicuous absence from this list is Kevin O’Brien. Kevin knows the door is still open and he’s still on the selectors’ radar. He’s made it clear he wants to claim a recall, and we can’t wait to see him back in action at the inter-pro level in May.

“I congratulate all the players who receive contracts for 2022, but I encourage those who are not part of the squad to keep pushing hard. Runs and wickets are the currency, and performance on the pitch is essential. If you perform regularly, I like to think the awards will follow. I wish everyone the best of luck in the year ahead as we start a great season on home soil and then a T20 World Cup later in 2022.”

Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“Cricket Ireland have been investing in men’s contracts for over a decade now, however, there has never been a more crucial time for Irish cricket to have greater strength at depth at the highest level than now.

“With 15 international home matches announced this week, tours and a T20 World Cup coming this year alone – not to mention what we’ve already played in the first two months of the year – the volume and demands of our senior internationals are incredibly tough. So these 19 contracts announced today are seen as an investment to ensure we have a strong squad of international-ready cricketers and cover the skills we need as we play in such a wide range of conditions around the world.

“And that last point is important. In 2022 our senior men will have played in the Caribbean, the Middle East, Ireland, England and Australia to name but a few locations. Each of these locations varies in conditions – some vary widely – and as such we need to ensure that we have a pool of players who have the skills to succeed in these locations.

“What is most pleasing about the current squad, however, is that there is a healthy level of competition for places – and we have recently seen a number of players move into new roles and perform remarkably well – Andy McBrine on the T20I side would be an obvious example of this. With competitive and motivated performances, you can see through the contracts on offer that those performances bring rewards. And that should be both the way that works for current players and a motivation for those who aspire to win a contract in the years to come.

“We hope we can be able to offer a number of other contracts over the course of the year – with the Ireland Wolves program and the Inter-Provincial Series being the proving ground for those seeking higher honours. But for now, we congratulate this group of 19 and hope to see them make their mark in Irish cricket in what is a great 2022.”