England’s dramatic Cricket World Cup final victory against New Zealand at Lord’s made household names out of Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jofra Archer. A new generation of cricketers had been catapulted into the British public’s consciousness.
But while international players enjoy the security of central contracts with the possibility of lucrative sponsorship deals, the life of a county player can be less straight forward.
While it’s perfectly possible to enjoy a successful, financially rewarding career on the county circuit – and many players do – short-term deals and the threat of injury can lead to uncertainty for many players.
And even if all goes to plan, the time at an elite level can be fleeting. According to the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), the average career comes to an end at the age of 26. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that most players plan for a life away from the sport when they hang up their boots.