Amid Pay Dispute, Cricket Australia Boss Threatens Players Via E-Mail
James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, has dropped a bombshell, as in a mail to all the players, he has mentioned that the Board will not pay to the players if they do not accept the proposal of the governing council, which had earlier proposed a total overhaul of the pay structure in Cricket Australia.
In fact, the news has already raised few questions whether the senior players or the current members will be the part of the team beyond June 30 or not, as there have been some voices against the offer proposed by the national board.
“CA is not contemplating alternative contracting arrangements to pay players beyond 30 June if their contracts have expired. In the absence of the ACA negotiating a new MOU, players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18,” Sutherland wrote.
He also accused the ACA of putting the players in a difficult position as he wrote,
“I understand that some have been made to feel that accepting the relatively minor but necessary changes to the existing pay model, while being paid more, would somehow be ‘letting the side down’. This is nonsense. The ACA’s reluctance to recognise the necessity of change and innovation as circumstances change has become a disappointing and consistent theme. The ACA opposed the concept of scheduling the BBL in January, along with the formation of the WBBL in 2015-16, the introduction of day/night Test matches and the inclusion of women in a combined MOU with men.”
This stern warning from the boss of CA has come as a big shocker, as here can be a case that few of the players might miss out on a national contract, due to this sudden warning.
Earlier, the Australia Board also approached few of the top players to offer them a three-year contract on a condition that they will miss the cash-rich Indian Premier League. However, the Australian players have rejected this offer until a Memorandum of Understanding is agreed between the two parties.
This now has landed Cricket Australia in deep trouble, as pacer Mitchell Starc has already stated that none of the Australian players will regard an offer from the board until the MOU is accepted. At present, most of the top Australian players, including skipper Steven Smith, are in India and will be flying to England for the Champions Trophy after that.
A decision or response from players is awaited and might come after a long delay i.e. after the completion of ICC Champions Trophy.
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