The list includes five top-tier ‘A’ deals for domestic players, a further eight ‘B’ contracts which predominantly cover the country’s LV= County Championship players and a new ‘C’ band for those currently in full-time education. Max Sorensen and an exciting quartet of youngsters are the major beneficiaries of the 17 contracts announced.
Sorensen, 27, has been rewarded with an ‘A’ contract after impressing with his consistency, speed and accuracy during an outstanding 2012 season. The Hills opening bowler joins established stars Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Alex Cusack and Kevin O’Brien in the top bracket of deals.
Promising pace bowler Peter Chase and Young Player of the Year Tyrone Kane both earn contracts for the first time as Ireland look to the future following the recent retirements of Boyd Rankin, Nigel Jones and Albert van der Merwe.
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said: “It is important Cricket Ireland has plans for the future, and whilst 2013 will be a huge year for the team, we must also look ahead to major ICC events — the World Twenty20 in 2014 and the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year.”
2013 contracted players
A category (5): Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Max Sorensen.
B category (8): George Dockrell*, Ed Joyce*, Tim Murtagh*, Niall O’Brien*, William Porterfield*, Paul Stirling*, Andrew White, Gary Wilson*.
C category (4): Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson.
*denotes county contracted players.