Cricket expert and former England batsman David Lloyd has expressed confidence that ongoing pay dispute between the Cricket Australia and Australia’s Cricketer’s Association will likely end before Ashes.
Lloyd was at his humorous best in his latest piece for his Blog – Bumble Bee – and stated that Australia (or say Cricket Australia) has a contract to obey and inability to sort out the ongoing issue will not only result in a prolonged standoff with their own cricketers but also invite some legal troubles from the ECB.
“This is not a new conflict. It has been rumbling along between Cricket Australia and the players – represented by the Australian Cricketers’ Association – for years, David Lloyd humbly wrote in his column for the Sky Sports”
“I’m absolutely certain the issue will be resolved in time for the Ashes though, due to the stakeholders invested. There are contracts signed for the series, so Australia are obliged to put a team out, otherwise, they’ll get sued for millions.”
“For England, it will be no bother to them what’s going on out there right now. They will happily play what’s put in front of them.”
The uproar in the Australian cricket circles emerged after Australian Cricketer’s Association (ACA) did not accept the new revenue model proposed by Cricket Australia (CA) in March. CA’s model demanded to scrap the existing revenue model for cricketers, which promised a percentage of share from the revenue made annually by the cricketing board, with a newer version which set particular salaries for the cricketers.
The ACA was not impressed by the existing model which was in effect since 1997 and suggested an alternative as a means of sorting out the controversy. However, CA seemed in no mood to take any demands and rejected the proposal made by ACA; within two hours as claimed by ACA chief. The controversy grew larger after CA boss James Sutherland sent out a straightforward mail, stating the existing contracts, which are set to expire on June 30, will not be renewed if players do not accept CA’s terms.
The controversy grew larger after CA boss James Sutherland sent out a straightforward mail, stating the existing contracts, which are set to expire on June 30, will not be renewed if players do not accept CA’s terms.
The players weren’t amused and joined forces together, venting out their frustration on Twitter with star names like Mitchell Starc and vice-captain David Warner hinting at a potential Ashes boycott.