Cricket Australia (CA) has today confirmed it proposes to offer 33 national contracts to Australian cricketers for the 2017-18 season.
An initial total of 20 men�s and 13 women�s contracts will form the Australian lists for the coming season, with state cricket associations also being able to commence their own list discussions. The total amount of contracted women, including state players, will increase from 98 last season to an expected 111 this coming season.
Players have gained selection for the lists on the basis of their performances over the past 12 months, with several new faces being proposed to enter the national set-up.
The offers of contract, which are intended to begin on 1 July 2017, have been received by the following players:
CA male contract offers for 2017-18:
Ashton Agar, Jackson, Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
CA female contract offers for 2017-18:
Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Having made their international debuts over the 2016-17 summer, myFootDr Queensland Bulls players Matthew Renshaw and Billy Stanlake have been offered CA contracts for the first time alongside QLD skipper Usman Khawaja.
Mainstays for the Southern Stars, Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney are the only Konica Minolta Queensland Fire players to be offered CA Female Contracts for 2017-18.
Under the ground breaking remuneration and benefits proposal made by Cricket Australia to the ACA in March, it is proposed that women players not selected in the initial group may, for the first time, receive an upgraded CA contract should they gain national selection during the year. To receive an upgraded contract, players are required to earn 12 upgrade points, which are awarded on the following basis: four points per Test appearance, two for an ODI and two for each T20 International.
State men players are also eligible to receive an upgraded contract, with players also required to earn 12 upgrade points on the following basis: five points for Test, two for an ODI and one point for a T20I.
Following the national contract offers, State and Territory Cricket Associations will now commence non-binding discussions, which will include communication of their intention to offer contracts to cricketers throughout Australia. These discussions will be finalised once a new MOU between CA and the ACA is in place. The new MOU is scheduled to be in place by 1 July.
Further details regarding CA�s remuneration and benefits proposal to the ACA are available here.