With most players on seven-month contracts, Steve James in the Telegraph believes the counties must ditch their efforts to control players all year round. He believes the introduction of year-long contracts might not be enough to hold back cricketers from the lure of tournaments like the unofficial ICL.
The simple reason the counties want their players on twelve-month contracts is control. They do not want them signing up for so-called 'rebel' tournaments like the Indian Cricket League. They're not really sure what they're going to do with them all winter, but they want them only doing things of which they approve. They want them on extended contracts, but they do not want to pay them much more.