3 Jamaicans accept new West Indies central contracts
Three Jamaican cricketers have been offered central contracts by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for the 2018-2019 period.
All-rounder Rovman Powell, Chedean Nation and Stafanie Taylor are the Jamaicans who were issued with central contracts.
Powell is among three players offered only white-ball contracts. The others are T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse.
Whilst the previous contracts expired on September 30, 2018, the new contracts will be backdated to July 1, 2018 and run until June 30, 2019, as CWI aligns all players on the same contract period.
Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, says “all West Indies and Franchise players are now contracted from the 1st of July to the 30th of June, with their performances assessed from the 1st of April to the 31st of March. This will allow for a more efficient process of reviewing, renewing and awarded contracts within West Indies professional cricket and give everyone at least three months to plan for the season ahead. Our season will start each year with the Caribbean Premier League, followed by the Super50 Cup and finish on the 4-Day competition.”
The decision to offer all format, red and white ball contracts, according to Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, “allows for the better management of players as it relates to their development. At the time of recommending contracts in June some players would have developed in different formats after the process had finished, so their recent performances can’t be considered until the next contract cycle."
Meanwhile, Opener Evin Lewis have declined a white-ball contract.
Lewis’ name was missing from the latest list of players with central contracts on Monday, with the board stating that he had turned down a contract for ODIs and T20Is.
THE FULL CONTRACTS LIST IS:
All Format Retainers
Red Ball Retainers
White Ball Retainers
New Players on retainers: