‘A risk to the game’: PCA warns counties not to end year-round contracts

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  • Daryl Mitchell: ‘It will create more white-ball specialists’
  • Players have freedom of movement from October-March

The Professional Cricketers’ Association has warned that a move away from year-round county contracts will hasten the rise of white-ball specialists and have a detrimental effect on the main driver of revenue in the English game: the men’s Test team.

As it stands, domestic cricketers enjoy freedom of movement between October and March, with 74 English players featuring in at least one overseas franchise tournament during the most recent northern hemisphere winter. For competitions that take place during the English summer – chiefly the Indian Premier League and the Hundred – the players pay a portion of their earnings back to their county in compensation.

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Written by Exclusive by Ali Martin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/may/23/pca-warns-counties-not-to-end-year-long-contracts-cricket under the title “‘A risk to the game’: PCA warns counties not to end year-round contracts”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.