Ben Stokes has turned down the ECB’s offer of a three-year central contract, believing he will be in a ‘stronger negotiating position’ when his one-year deal expires in October 2024.
With the board offering multi-year deals for the first time in a bid to keep T20 franchises at bay, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer also rejected three-year deals – leaving Harry Brook, Joe Root and Mark Wood as the only players to accept the biggest offer on the table.
But while they have agreed to a fixed annual payment, Stokes has calculated that more money will be on offer once the ECB have renegotiated their broadcast deal.
‘Ben feels he’s probably got a stronger negotiating position going into next year,’ said Rob Key, the ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket. ‘It is the same with every sports person: you might have more power if you have a good year to negotiate what you want.
‘But he’s 100 per cent committed to England.’
Ben Stokes has turned down the offer of a three-year central contract with the ECB
Managing director of men’s cricket, Rob Key, said Stokes is ‘still 100% committed to England’
Key thinks England have ‘overthought’ their tactics in a disastrous start to their World Cup
Meanwhile, Key believes England have ‘overthought’ their tactics during a disastrous start to their World Cup defence in India.
They now need to win all five remaining group matches to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals, starting with Sri Lanka on Thursday.
‘We haven’t always made the best decisions, and I count myself at the top of the list,’ said Key.
‘We’ve overthought conditions.’