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England Cricketers Salary and ECB Contracts – Explained

There was a time in International Cricket when Indian Cricketers attracted the limelight due to the salary they were paid by the BCCI and the contract money fixed on them by different Advertisement agencies. Although Indian players are still paid in huge numbers, the England players aren’t far away in terms of their pay package.

After England’s loss to Bangladesh in the 2015 limited overs World Cup in Australia, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made some sensible changes as far as having three different squads for three formats is concerned and also making changes in the players’ salaries. The limited overs and T20 Champions have witnessed a decent rise in their earnings.

So how much do the English players earn?

Let’s go through this in detail.

The types of Contracts awarded by ECB

Just before the T20 World Cup in Australia, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) renewed the contracts for the men’s team for one year. T20 specialist Liam Livingstone and Ben Foakes, a wicket-keeper batsman in Test matches, are included in the list of contracted players.

Overall, the ECB classify players in three different multi-year contracts and development contract.

Central contracts:

Centrally contracted players are players who are almost permanent members in the Test, ODI, and T20I formats. ECB dictates their availabilities for the county matches and the globally played leagues. Separate deals for Red and White ball cricket were awarded in 2016, and some players were included in both lists. Later, in 2021, it was decided that players who can be available in all formats would be added to the contract list. In 2023, the ECB announced multi-year deals for players.

3-Year Contract: Joe Root, Mark Wood, Harry Brooks

2-Year Contract: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Rehan Ahmed, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Gus Atkinson, Brydon Carse, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts

1-Year Contract: James Anderson, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley

Development contracts:

Development contracts are given to players who are on the rise and are on the verge of naming themselves for the central contracts.

Players list: John Turner, Matthew Fisher, Saqib Mahmood

How much do the England cricketers are earning?

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900,000 Pounds is paid annually for Red Ball and White Ball Cricket.

650000 Pounds is paid annually for players with Test match deals, while White Ball contracts (Bonus not included) range from 250,000 – 350,000 Pounds is paid annually (County salary not included).

As a match fee, 14,500 Pounds per Test match and 4,500 Pounds per White Ball game is earned by an England Cricketer (men’s).

List of some English players and their salaries

PlayerTotal Earnings
Jos ButtlerUSD 2.6 million
Ben StokesUSD 3.36 million
Joe RootUSD 1.81 million
Chris WoakesUSD 1.6 million
Sam CurranUSD 1.75 million
Jofra ArcherUSD 2.56 million
Jason RoyUSD 1.07 million
Jonny BairstowUSD 1.88 million

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