Cricket Australia has released the list of centrally contracted players for the 2022-23 season. A total of 20 players have been awarded central contracts, an increase from the 17 players who received contracts last year.
Fast-bowlers Jhye and Kane Richardson have lost their contracts, along with former Test captain Tim Paine (on indefinite leave) and pacer James Pattinson, who retired from international cricket. Jhye Richardson is a surprise exclusion, since he claimed a five-for in the Adelaide Ashes Test, but has struggled to maintain his fitness.
Scott Boland made his debut for Australia during the Ashes, favoured ahead of Jhye Richardson, and made an immediate impression. He earned a contract for the first time. Up-and-coming wicketkeeper John Inglis has also earned his first-contract. Travis Head and Alex Carey, both of South Australia continue to retain their central contracts after strong recent performances.
Players can be upgraded to a contract based on their number of games they play. The Test appearance is worth five points, an ODI two points and a T20I worth one point. If a player who is not part of the original contracted list acquires 12 points, he can be upgraded to make the list.
Cricket Australia 2022-23 contract list
Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Newly Contracted Players in the 2022-2023 List
Scott Boland, Mitchell Marsh, John Inglis, Mitchell Swepson
Excluded Players from the 2021-2022 List
James Pattinson, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson
How much do Australia cricketers earn?
Internal rankings by Cricket Australia recently revealed the nation’s seven top earning cricketers for 2022-2023. Newly elected captain Pat Cummins tops the list, netting AUD $2 million, equivalent to almost 11 crores INR. This includes a captain’s bonus of $200k.
Only seven names have been released so far out of a total 20 contracted players. The payment pool for the entire group is $17 million, with the minimum contract for any player set at $316k.
Josh Hazlewood climbed from number five to two, despite playing only two Tests last year in the home Ashes series. All-format opener and former vice-captain David Warner retains his position at number three.
|Squad||Retainer Fees||Test Fees||ODI Fees||T20I Fees|
|Pat Cummins||$2 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|Josh Hazlewood||$1.6 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|David Warner||$ 1.5million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|Mitchell Starc||$1.4 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|Steve Smith||$1.3 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|Marnus Labuschagne||$1.2 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
|Nathan Lyon||$1.1 million||$18,000||$7,000||$5,500|
Last year’s salary, rules, and contracts
In 2021-22, Cricket Australia board had declared that The Australian cricket player’s salaries have been cut by 25-30% in the new national contract due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only 17 players have earned a place in the new contract 2021-22. So check out Australia Cricket Players Salary, Rules, Central Contract 2021-22, Highest Paid Cricketers.
How much do Australia cricketers earn? (2021-22 version)
The cricket board of Australia has declared the fees structure for 17 players according to the new contract. The new contract states that the Test-playing cricketer gets the retainer match fees which grossed around $750,000. So take a look at the loss of players and their salaries as per the Central Contract 2021-22.
|Squad||Retainer Fees||T20 Fees||ODI Fees||Test Fees|
|Aaron Finch (Captain)||$750,000||$10,000||$15,000||$20,000|
|Pat Cummins (Vice-Captain)||$550,000||$10,000||$15,000||$20,000|
Australia Cricket Players Salary Rules 2021-22
- The Cricketers who will feature in the Test squad will earn a Match fee of worth $20,000.
- The cricketers featuring in ODI and T20I Squad will get match fees of $15,000 and $10,000.
- Aaron Finch, followed by the former Australian captain Steve Smith and David Warner will receive 25% more retainer fees than another player.
- All the Australian cricketers get the same amount of contract signing amount for all three formats of cricket apart from the captain.
Australia Highest Paid Cricketer 2021-22
Aaron James Finch tops the list in terms of highest-paid players in team Australia. the players receive a sum of $750,000 as a retainer fee. He is the current captain of the team. Aaron had become the first few players to reach a rank of 900 points in the ICC. Second, we have, Pat Cummins with Retainer Fee worth $550,000. Pat Cummins also earns a huge amount of Money from IPL.
Excluded Players from the 2021-22 list
In the Central Contract of Australia, 2021-22 few players are excluded. Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Usman Khwaja, Peter Handscombe, Joe Burns, Mithcell Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shaun Marsh are excluded from the Men’s Central Contract.
Will Pucovski who opened in Test for Australia and scored a half-century on the Debut went missing in Central Contract. This year Cricket Australia named only 17 Men’s Cricket players.