Harry Brook is set to earn TEN TIMES less than some of his England team-mates in this summer’s Ashes… as the ECB are unable to increase his £58,000 incremental deal until the end of the 2022-23 contract year despite the batter’s staggering success
- EXCLUSIVE: Harry Brook’s England wage will remain the same despite success
- The ECB have no scope to increase Brook’s £58,000 deal until later in the year
- The 24-year-old is pushing to become the fastest player to 1,000 runs in history
Harry Brook might have established himself as England’s maximum impact player but he will remain on the minimum wage within the dressing room’s pay scale for this summer’s Ashes.
Brook, 24, has enjoyed an outstanding six months in international cricket, and after reeling off four hundreds in six appearances is pushing to become the fastest player to 1,000 runs in the history of Test cricket.
His destructive batting has also made him an automatic pick in limited-overs internationals: last November, he was a member of England’s Twenty20 World Cup-winning XI and will be part of the squad that defends the 50-over crown in India this autumn.
However, despite his fine displays putting him in the highest bracket of England’s performers, he will remain on a £58,000 incremental deal until the eve of that tournament, as there is no scope within the ECB’s remuneration system to upgrade players during a contract year. An ECB spokesperson yesterday confirmed that the entire player budget for 2022-23 had been spent.
Brook’s omission from the contract list was understandable given that he had won just 11 caps at that stage. It means he will be earning a 10th of what players like struggling team-mate Zak Crawley are paid as England attempt to regain the Ashes. Centrally-contracted players who feature across all three formats can expect to pick up between £800,000 and £900,000 annually before match fees are applied.
Harry Brook’s England wage will not increase despite a staggering six months of success
Other senior players like Zak Crawley will earn ten times what Brook will during the Ashes
Brook might not appear for Yorkshire at all in 2023 due to IPL and England commitments
He won’t be too badly off, however, as Sunrisers Hyderabad shelled out £1.35million to win an Indian Premier League bidding frenzy for him in December.
Nevertheless, The Mail on Sunday understands that he is intent on a lengthy England career and highlighted his commitment when he pulled out of a £125,000 SA20 contract last month to rest ahead of his debut one-day series in South Africa and the current tour of New Zealand.
His employers Yorkshire have reason to feel aggrieved, though. Brook might not appear for his club at all in 2023 due to IPL and England commitments yet will take up a significant proportion of the playing budget at Headingley.
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