18 players have received Cricket Australia (CA) contracts for the 2014-15 season. This is a decrease on 20 from 2013-14. However, players can be upgraded throughout the season to hold an ‘upgrade contract’, which is based on a points system connected to their national team appearances.
Steve Smith, Chris Rogers, Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch were all upgraded last year, and have been awarded full contracts this year. Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, Xavier Doherty, Ed Cowan, Patrick Cummins and Clint McKay have not been retained. 4 other upgraded players were also not award a full contract.
Under the current CBA, the minimum ‘retainer’ contract for a CA listed player is $250,000. Some cricketers will need to reach a certain number of appearances to trigger the retainer. Test captain Michael Clarke will be awarded the highest value contract, believed to be close to $2 million. If a player is upgraded to the previously mentioned upgrade contract, they will receive $210,000.
On top of the base salary, cricketers are paid a match fee, that being $14000 per Test Match, $5600 for a One Day International and $4200 for a Twenty20 International.
Looking from an agency point of the view, the 18 players are represented by 9 different agents, which includes two players (Michael Clarke and Shane Watson) who are either self managed or managed by a relative. Elite Sports Properties lead the way having 4 players represented, with Entourage Management a close 2nd with 3 cricketers. The Driver Avenue Group, Essentially and DSEG are also well represented.
(H/T Cricket Australia)