NEWS: Professional Cricketers Association Agrees To Represent 100 Hundred Players

The Professional Cricketers Association has agreed with the ECB to represent an additional 100 female players participating in The Hundred from next season.

The Professional Cricketers Association [PCA] acts as a Trade Union for players, looking after their legal interests and their ongoing welfare both during their playing careers and post-retirement. Each player pays a small subscription, but the PCA is largely funded by the ECB.

In a Press Release, the PCA promised that “every male and female professional player” [emphasis ours] would benefit from the new agreement reached with the ECB and the 18 First Class counties.

One of the problems with the current setup is that although the Kia Super League players are “semi-professional” they have no formal representation within the system, because only the full time contracted England players are members of the PCA.

Bringing The Hundred players, whose interests do not necessarily align with those of the England contracted elite, into the PCA is therefore a huge step forwards.

The agreement also mandates a new minimum wage of £27,500 for full time professionals. It is unclear how (or even whether) this applies to The Hundred players, who will not be “full time”; however, this may mean a pay boost for those on the lowest tier of England contract.

There also remains potentially a gap for those players who play in the new “pro county” competition but not in The Hundred – though the suggestion that 100 additional players will be represented does actually imply that they might also be covered, because only about 80 “domestic” players are expected to be contracted for The Hundred, with the rest of the squads being made up by England and overseas players.

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One thought on “NEWS: Professional Cricketers Association Agrees To Represent 100 Hundred Players

  1. Can anyone explain the new pro-county championship? Is this a new development? The fact that only 80 home grown players will be “in the 100 mix” would mean that numerous fringe players will be excluded. Those who may miss out would include those who may be just starting their county careers as well as the more mature players who are in the latter days of their careers, but who have served their counties through thick and thin, usually unrewarded. But their ability still warrants recognition at a high level.
    I eagerly await detailed clarification of:
    a) the set up for each of the 100 teams
    b) how aspiring young talent can break into the set up
    c) who will be Head Coaches of the amalgamated counties
    d) what, if any, provision for competitive cricket for those who miss
    out on “The 100”.

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