Kesrick Williams training in the nets at Arnos Vale

An enhanced central retainer contract system for men’s players was announced today by Cricket West Indies, which the CWI central retainer contract system more in line with the different formats of the sport.

The new arrangement splits the senior international men’s players into three groups – all-format contracts, red-ball contracts and white-ball contracts.

According to Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave, “The new retainer contracts aim to incentivise our players to play cricket for the WINDIES and be contracted to CWI.

“All the new contracts offer increased remuneration to our WINDIES Men’s team as well as enhanced medical and insurance policies.”

According to Grave, the process of selecting players was completed back in July, ahead of the domestic contracts being issued to the 90 regional professional cricketers on August 1st.

Whilst the new WINDIES Men’s contracts will officially run from October 2017 to September 2018, Grave confirmed that new retainers would be offered to the WINDIES Men’s team and regional players on 1st July 2018, so that all professional cricketers start new contracts on the same date.

He added that these enhanced contracts illustrate how CWI has made significant progress and is able to support and add new incentives to our international players.

Grave noted that “These new contracts will embrace additional terms and conditions which will set out the responsibilities of both player and CWI to each other, together with ensuring that the players are contractually bound to new and existing policies that aim to further increase standards.

“All future contracts for all of our professional cricketers will start on the same date, July 1st, which will become the start of our cricketing year.”

Under the new arrangement, the CWI Selection Panel will be able to award up to 11 all format contracts and up to an aggregate of 11 red and white ball contracts to a maximum 18 contracts in total (not including development).

Up to four new development contracts can also be offered to players in both red and white ball categories for those who are yet to fully establish themselves in the starting XIs and, therefore, not secured a full retainer contract, but are likely to be selected in the year ahead.

All-Format Contracts were offered to Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, and Devendra Bishoo.

Red-Ball Contracts went to Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Jomel Warrican, whilst although given red-ball contracts, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieran Powell, and Vishaul Singh contracts were developmental.

White-Ball Contracts were offered to Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, with Kesrick Williams white-ball contract being a developmental one.

The list of women’s retained players will be made available at a later date by Cricket West Indies.