The ongoing rift among ACA and CA gets worse as Australian Cricketers’ Association has not yet got to hear from Cricket Australia on pay dispute issue as the deadline crosses on 30th June.
Australian Cricketers’ Association chief Alistair Nicholson is disappointed as Cricket Australia have threatened players to agree with Governing bodies proposal.
The response from the ACA came on Sunday after CA boss James Sutherland reportedly suggested that players wouldn’t be paid beyond June 30 unless they agreed to the proposal.It can also make the players put a halt from representing their country in future.
This seems to pose a threat just before starting of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.Alistair Nicholson, ACA chief executive, met with Australia’s Champions Trophy squad in Birmingham over the weekend to keep them updated.
An ACA spokesman said CA had shown an unwillingness to negotiate. “Our phones have been on but we’ve not heard from anyone,” the spokesman told AAP.
“It’s only four weeks until this has to be sorted out, we can’t understand their refusal to even sit down and negotiate. No one wants to be in this position, but time is running out.”
“We have made a counter offer to what they are proposing, which is a varying model where players would get 22.5 per cent of cricket revenue,” the spokesman said. “We also want them to put in the same amount into grassroots cricket and the rest to run the game which is $1.5-1.6 billion – a very significant amount of money. “It’s is great that female players are being rewarded, but for James Sutherland to say that domestic players don’t contribute to the game, is wrong,” he added. “The Big Bash is made up mostly of domestic players and has been a huge success and a real jewel in the crown of Australian cricket with a huge interest in the competition from around the world.”