“Breaking News: Cricket Ireland Announces Central Contracts ahead of the T20 World Cup”

Ahead of their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match against India in New York, Cricket Ireland has released their primary playing contract list for a record 48 players. For the first time in its history, Cricket Ireland has extended full-time contracts to twelve female players.

Following extensive discussion between Cricket Ireland and the Irish Cricketers’ Association, a statement has been made. The compensation structure was the primary topic of discussion between the two bodies.

The board has given male players two sorts of contracts: full-time and retainer. Notably, the retainer contract aims to engage players for a “specific number of days or specific series” and includes benefits such as medical and healthcare insurance, sports science support (physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, psychology, performance analysis, nutrition, and lifestyle management), and more.

On the other hand, there are four different types of contracts in the women’s category – Full-time, Retainer, Casual and Education

The Education contract is designed specifically for players who are either at “school full-time or studying at a tertiary level”. This contract allows them to strike the right balance between their studies and cricket without having to worry about their finances.

On the other hand, the Casual contract offers the following perks to the players – a retainer throughout the summer holidays, loss of earnings for the remainder of the year, match fees, 12-month medical and healthcare insurance, sports science support (physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, psychology, performance analysis, nutrition and lifestyle management), specialist coaching support, and for ROI-based players, full access to the Sport Ireland Institute (as mentioned).

Full-time contracts: Ireland Men

Mark Adair (Lisburn/Northern Knights)

Ross Adair (CIYMS/Northern Knights)

Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

Curtis Campher (Clontarf/Munster Reds)

Gareth Delany (Leinster/Munster Reds)

George Dockrell (Phoenix/Leinster Lightning)

Stephen Doheny (Merrion/North West Warriors)

Matthew Foster (CSNI/Northern Knights)

Fionn Hand (Clontarf/Leinster Lightning)

Graham Hume (Waringstown/North West Warriors)

Josh Little (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

Andy McBrine (Donemana/North West Warriors)

Barry McCarthy (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

James McCollum (Waringstown/Northern Knights)

PJ Moor (Clontarf/Munster Reds)

Neil Rock (Instonians/Northern Knights)

Paul Stirling (N/A/Northern Knights)

Harry Tector (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

Ben White (Phoenix/Munster Reds)

Craig Young (North Down/North West Warriors)

Retainer Contract:

Gavin Hoey (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning)

Matthew Humphreys (Lisburn/Northern Knights)

Tom Mayes (Waringstown/Northern Knights)

Liam McCarthy (Railway Union/Munster Reds)

Full-time contracts: Ireland Women

Alana Dalzell (Bready/Dragons)

Laura Delany (Leinster/Typhoons)

Arlene Kelly (Malahide/Dragons)

Gaby Lewis (Phoenix/Scorchers)

Louise Little (Pembroke/Dragons)

Sophie MacMahon (Leinster/Scorchers)

Jane Maguire (The Hills/Scorchers)

Cara Murray (Waringstown/Clontarf/Dragons)

Leah Paul (Merrion/Scorchers)

Orla Prendergast (Pembroke/Dragons)

Freya Sargent (Clontarf/Typhoons)

Rebecca Stokell (Merrion/Typhoons)

Education contracts:

Ava Canning (Leinster/Typhoons)

Georgina Dempsey (Phoenix/Typhoons)

Sarah Forbes (Pembroke/Typhoons)

Amy Hunter (Instonians/Dragons)

Joanna Loughran (Leinster/Typhoons)

Aimee Maguire (The Hills/Scorchers)

Casual contracts:

Christina Coulter Reilly (Clontarf/Scorchers)

Abbi Harrison (Waringstown/Dragons)

Kia McCartney (Coleraine/Dragons)

Alice Tector (Phoenix/Scorchers)

Retainer contract:

Una Raymond-Hoey (Ringwood)

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