Central contracts in cricket

Blackstone Solicitors provides legal advice on matters relating to central contracts in cricket.

A central contract is the amount of fee which national team players will receive to represent their country. The central contract is handed to players who are regularly representing their country in Test and limited-overs cricket.

England awarded the first central contract to its national team players in the year 2000.

We can provide all of the expert legal assistance you need and have considerable experience in this area of law and can advise you throughout the process.

Speak to our expert sports solicitors today to find out more about how we can assist you. Call us on 0330 808 0849 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.

Our Approach

We place huge emphasis on getting things done properly and efficiently. This is especially true when providing legal advice concerning central contracts in cricket and any possible disputes that may occur with your contract. We will comprehensively ensure all the necessary provisions for each party are properly set out, fulfilling every aim and objective.

Regardless of the value of the contract or where you are in your career, our solicitors have the experience and specialist knowledge to help you achieve an outcome that is both fair and beneficial. We will take the time to make sure you fully understand the agreement and its objectives, as well as what is expected of each party to the contract.

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Why Legal Help is Important

Before the concept of central contracts, cohesion between national and domestic teams frequently ran into financial difficulties. The majority of available board money was often taken by national team players, leaving significantly less for domestic teams and their players.

Due to the seniority-based quota, it was often the case that young players who score countless runs, take wickets, and win matches single-handedly for their clubs were not being compensated according to merit.

If these players demanded better compensation, they were being released. In order to prevent this and strengthen the domestic cricket structure, the ICC implemented a central contract system.

Central contracts will be handed to those who represent their national teams in ICC formats. Each cricket board affiliated with the ICC has its own method for awarding central contracts to players.

At Blackstone, we can help to ensure the agreement is fair and gives you the very best chance of achieving the outcome you are looking for. Central contracts can often be complex and detailed documents and it is therefore imperative that you seek expert legal help to ensure any contract you sign, is suitable and correct.

Our Services

We provide various services for players looking to sign a contract, including advising on the agreements and making sure everything is completed thoroughly and without error and is in your best interests.

We can also advise on various areas related to sports law including;

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Find out more about our services and how our sports solicitors can help you and your career by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0330 808 0849 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.

We are able to help individuals throughout the North West, the rest of the UK as well as internationally from our offices in Cheshire and London.

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