The Professional Cricketers' Association Chief Executive David Leatherdale provides an update after ECB board meeting.

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We have been in constant communication with the ECB to discuss their five-year strategy for the game to ensure players are at the front and centre of the future of cricket in England and Wales.

We contacted all players earlier this week to provide an update on the County Partnership Agreement (CPA) and other areas of negotiation regarding the players’ rights.

From the start of negotiations, we outlined four non-negotiable principles in the domestic discussions with the ECB:

  • Salary collar must rise
  • Salary cap must rise
  • Minimum wage must rise
  • Every professional player, men and women, must benefit

We are negotiating on all of these areas and have made substantial progress across all, but not without challenge. As discussed at the PCA Player Summit in October, it is our aim to protect and support the three phases of a player’s career, for the short, medium and long term.

Engagement with the ECB and counties has been positive to this point but there are still a number of significant areas to agree.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to negotiate on behalf of all PCA members to make sure we continue to champion their ongoing interests and aim to have a proposed deal presented to the PCA Player Representatives who form the PCA Committee as soon as possible.

The playing regulations for the new competition have also been signed off after much debate amongst the ECB and players, including successful trial games in September. Consultation with PCA members has been much improved since the initial announcement of the new tournament proposal with PCA Chairman Daryl Mitchell playing a key role in the process, including being present at a segment of the ECB board meeting.

However, there is still a lot of detail, which needs to be finalized on the new competition with players needing to understand the finer details as soon as possible.

The PCA is pleased with the new regulation on qualification to play for England. This was supported by PCA representation on the ECB Cricket Committee and brings the criteria much closer to the ICC eligibility rules.

David Leatherdale, PCA CEO