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Irish men reject latest Central contract offers as salary negotiations continue

Ireland’s male cricketers have rejected central contracts offered by Cricket Ireland ahead of the T20I series against Pakistan, as negotiations continue between the board and the players.

Irish cricketers, both men and women, were last week offered central contracts by Cricket Ireland. While the women’s team is yet to decide on the offer following their recent participation in the 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, the men’s team members have declined to accept the contracts.

The ICC increased its funding to Cricket Ireland in March this year after last year’s central contracts expired. Since then, Ireland’s matches have been played under the terms of last year’s contracts, which have been extended indefinitely, with no new contracts in force.

Due to financial constraints, Cricket Ireland have had to re-build their budget, which was only finalized last month, which has led to a delay in announcing home matches and contract negotiations with players.

According to a report in The Irish Times, the board’s latest offer has been rejected by the players, who have been discussing a pay rise since ICC announced an increase in funding late last year. Until an agreement is reached, players will continue to work under last year’s contract terms, with any difference in salary retroactive to March 1, when the new contracts were originally due to take effect.

Recently, Cricket Ireland announced they had to indefinitely postpone hosting Australia for a white-ball series later this year due to significant financial losses.

The Irish men’s team will start a three-match T20I series against Pakistan on May 10. That will be followed by a tour to the Netherlands where they will compete in a tri-series also involving Scotland, before finally flying to the US for the 2024 T2024 World Cup, where they will begin their campaign against India on June 5 .

Irish women, who were beaten by Scotland in the semi-final of the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier and subsequently failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh in October, will next play Sri Lanka in August and England in September.

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