Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner rewarded with maiden WI central contracts
Cricket West Indies has announced the list of centrally contracted players for the season 2021/22. Kyle Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner, who starred in West Indies' famous Test series win in Bangladesh earlier this year, are among the four players to enter the list. Meanwhile, all-rounder Jason Holder is the only cricketer to be handed an all-format contract. Here are further details.
Hetmyer, Thomas, Cottrell among players who missed out
The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, and Shamarh Brooks have been dropped from the contract list following poor returns in the period of evaluation (April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021). However, all the players who are no longer on the contract list will be offered an A* grade Regional Franchise Contract for the following year.
List of centrally contracted players (CWI)
Below is the list of West Indies' centrally contracted players. All-format contracts: Jason Holder Red-ball contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kyle Mayers and Kemar Roach White-ball contracts: Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Nicholas Pooran and Hayden Walsh Jr
Players who lost national contracts for the 2021/22 season
Here is the list of players who have lost national contracts for the 2021/22 season. All-format contracts: Roston Chase. Red-ball contracts: Shamarh Brooks, Shane Dowrich. White-ball contracts: Sunil Ambris, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas
Mayers, Bonner helped WI register a record run-chase in Bangladesh
The likes of Mayers and Bonner helped West Indies register the fifth-highest successful run-chase in Test history, earlier this year They chased down a mammoth 395 against Bangladesh in the first Test in Chattogram. Debutant Mayers scripted history by scoring an unbeaten 210 in the run-chase. Meanwhile, Bonner too played a defiant knock, supporting Mayers (86 off 245 balls).
The contracts will be effective from July 1
The contracts will be effective for a year, starting July 1, 2021. "I am happy for all the players who have been offered retainer contracts for the upcoming period," said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams. "Especially pleasing was the number of players who were awarded first time contracts in recognition of their performances during the period under review."