Sunrisers Hyderabad won their first game in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) on Tuesday night and Jonny Bairstow with knock of 53 stood out with his performance. Bairstow is shinning for his IPL team but there is a bad news for the champion cricketer on his home front.
Jonny Bairstow will be the biggest loser when England’s central contracts for 2020-21 are announced on Wednesday.
Bairstow is all set to be axed by England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a test contract. The ECB will announce list of contracted test players for the next 12 months and according to reports by the English media, Bairstow will be axed from the list at the expense of opener Dominic Sibley.
The 31-year-old was among the 10 players to receive a Test contract 12 months ago, but has featured just once for his country in the longest format since then and will drop down to an ECB white-ball deal.
According to the ECB contract for the test cricketers, each player is given annual contract in the range of 6.5Cr (£650,000) – but Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opener Bairstow stands to lose the contract. Bairstow has only appeared in one test match since last 12 months and ECB Director Cricket Operations Ashley Giles is likely to drop him according to the reports.
Though Bairstow will be dropped from the contracted players list for the test players, he will be retained for the white ball cricket.
Bairstow is also currently contracted with SRH for 2.2 Cr annual deal to play in IPL 2020.
ECB Central Contracts : Bairstow to be axed, Sibley, Pope and Crawley to be considered
Bairstow’s loss will be Sibley’s gain. Other than Sibley, Giles and team is also considering names of Ollie Pope & Zak Crawley. Mark Wood, who is currently among those on the 2.75 Contract (£275,000) for limited overs cricket is also being considered for a promotion.
Few other English cricketers are set to get promotions in the central contracts. Currently world number 1 T20 player in the ICC rankings Dawid Malan can rightly expect an upgrade from incremental terms, befitting his status as the leading Twenty20 international batsman and so is Tom Curran who is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020.