The ongoing pay dispute between Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia (CA) seem like will stay in the headlines for few more weeks after ACA CEO Alistair Nicholson revealed that James Sutherland hasn’t said anything clear about the scrapping of the revenue-sharing player payment model that has been in effect since 1997.
Nicholson also clarified there is no clear stance taken by the CA and the alternative solution provided by the ACA didn’t even get a thought from the CA bosses.
“I totally disagree with that,” Nicholson said on Radio Sports National on Monday. “We’ve come up with a solution that’s a win-win and that was rejected by CA within two hours.
The standoff took another turn when the Cricket Australia CEO sent and explosive mail, threatening the players of no-pay after June 30 if they do not accept the newly proposed term and conditions. Nicholson went on to label Cricket Australia boss as a “really big threat”.
“Us coming to the table is really important and putting up mediation as we have is a sign of that. It is in our interest to get this done … the players want it done, they want to play the Ashes. “
Earlier, as per the 1997 revenue model, which was brokered by Mark Taylor and his men, the players were entitled to get a percentage cut from the CA’s revenue per annum. However, CA now wants to pay Australia’s male and female cricketers a set amount. Nicholson says the bone of contention is a lack of any proper reasons for this change.
“That’s something that we are not comfortable that we have got the right answer on,” Nicholson said. “They [CA] see it as wanting to invest some of the monies into grass roots. We are all for that. We have advocated spending to grass roots goes up.
“The players at the moment take 20 per cent of all revenue so having 80 cents in the dollar is enough to invest in the future of the game.”
The stern mail sent out by Sutherland acted as a provocation as players, including many top names like Mitchell Starc and Peter Handscomb hinted at a possible Ashes boycott if the matter doesn’t reach any conclusion.
Nicholson stressed that he and the players did not want to miss any scheduled matches, including the Test tour of Bangladesh and the Ashes.
“At the moment we are very much trying to jump into mediation and we are not at that stage yet, no one really wants that,” he said.
Sutherland argued in a statement on Monday that the fixed payment model would make salaries more even across the board.
“As it stands, [the revenue share model] has achieved its purpose – to make Australia’s male cricketers among the best-paid sportspeople in the country – but it needs to be adjusted, not least to ensure our women receive proper remuneration. Under our proposal, we can achieve this while still lifting payments for our male cricketers.”