CricketDavid Malan describes ECB’s process for awarding central contracts “a bit strange system”
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David Malan described the ECB’s process for awarding central contracts as “a bit strange system” when he was demoted to an incremental deal.

Malan had a full central contract for October 2021-September 2022, but lost his place in the Test squad after England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia. As a result, he has been moved to an incremental contract for the years October 2022-September 2023, meaning the ECB will take over his recently renewed Yorkshire contract, rather than acting as his primary employer.

“Obviously there’s a bit of a weird system with the contract system,” Malan said after scoring 82 off 49 balls in Canberra to help England take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20I series against Australia. He questioned the emphasis on Test cricket within the contract system and suggested that losing his contract could put him in “tough conditions” later in the winter.

David Malan said, “It seems that when you have players playing one or two formats of the white-ball game, it leads to red-ball cricket.” “Those are decisions I don’t make but ultimately, it puts you in tough situations if you’re not contracted and you’re losing finances playing tournaments in the winter.”

England’s contract system rewarded white-ball cricket’s performance over white-ball cricket in Test cricket through the proliferation of short-form tournaments during the English winter with the number of earning opportunities white-ball specialists outside international cricket had. recognizes; Of the 18 players who received full contracts this winter, only three – Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid – are unlikely to play Test cricket in the next 12 months.

Rob Key, the ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket, said when the contracts were announced: “I think we’ve rewarded the players who have made a significant impact over the last 12 months and who we’ve come across as England’s plans.” Looking forward to being a part of. Next period.”


David Malan is due to play for Sharjah Warriors in the new ILT20 in the United Arab Emirates from January 6 to February 12, a tournament that clashes directly with England’s rescheduled ODI series in South Africa at the end of January. “Those are the odds we’ll get at achieving this,” he said.

Chris Jordan, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in T20Is, completely missed out on a contract after signing an incremental deal last year, while Malan suggested that his own continued success in that format was recognized with a full central contract Should have known.

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“Hopefully, white-ball cricket can be recognized as Test-match cricket,” he said. “You have players here who are key wicket-takers for England who don’t have contracts, but those are decisions that I don’t. Kesey and I already have that conversation.

“As players, we want to be rewarded for our performances for England. You can guess what the contracts are; and if you’re in the top five in the world for three years, you’ll hopefully get Recognized with a white-ball contract, but it works just like that. It’s still an honor to play for England, and you want to play and win as many games for England as possible.”

Malan started the winter slowly and admitted that he had “no rhythm” at the start of England’s series in Pakistan. But he has re-established his credentials in the last ten days by scoring 78* off 47 balls in the decider in Lahore and another fluent half-century in Canberra on Wednesday night.

He was knocked down the order during England’s first game in Australia, having slipped to number seven after a fine start from Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, but denied that he had anything to prove as a result of that decision. anything was left.

“I think I’ve proved my point a long time ago,” he said. “The game situation just changed. We were flexible in the last World Cup: I batted at No. 5 in one of the games [against South Africa] and didn’t bat in the first game [against the West Indies] because they lost the run-rate [up] wanted to get.