De Kock and Miller receive central contracts


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De Kock and Miller received central contracts for their outstanding performances over the last year

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and batsman David Miller have both been awarded central contracts by Cricket South Africa for the 2014-15 season.

Cricket South Africa actually decreased the number of centrally contracted players they have from 20 to 17 since the board are expecting to lose R54 million (US$5 million).

Marchant de Lange, Dean Elgar, Colin Ingram, Aaron Phangiso and Thami Tsolekile all failed to receive central contracts, while veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, was rewarded with a one-year contract “to recognise his immense contribution to South African cricket over a long period of time and to secure his availability for the ODI squad”.

It is also understood that Cricket South Africa will be offering 12 top-up contracts to “aspiring Franchise players who could be regarded as potential Proteas in the future”.

These players will only be identified once their franchises have handed out their own contracts.

“I am delighted that we recently signed a new Heads of Agreement with SACA,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. “As expected, negotiating player terms that include earnings will always be challenging, but I was really pleased with the positive and mature way in which the negotiations were conducted.”

The central contracts list does not include Kallis’ name since his contract was one-of-a-kind.

“We are well aware of the incredible stature of Jacques and his personal desire to play in next year’s ICC World Cup,” Lorgat said. “We want to help him as best as we can.”

Contracted players for 2014-15: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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