The ongoing tug of war between the Australian cricketers and Cricket Australia shows no sign of dying down. With neither party willing to back down from their adamant stance, the situation currently is positioned at a stalemate.
This has resulted in over 230 Australian cricketers currently being unemployed. The more serious threat, however, lies in the near future as if no settlement is reached, then the future tours of India and the home Ashes later this year could well be in jeopardy.
There was a positive news emerging however on Monday when heads of CA and Australia Cricketers Association (ACA) were scheduled to meet to resolve the crisis. It is being believed that CA is apparently willing to settle the matter by bringing monetary equations into the picture.
“Cricket Australia will not comment on details of the negotiation but productive discussions were held today and progress is being made on a range of issues,” an official of CA said. “We have been in constant communication with the ACA and we are expecting further meetings on the negotiation to continue over the coming days.”
Alistair Nicholson, ACA chief executive admitted that cricket at the end of the day shouldn’t suffer.
“The previous MoU took almost 18 months to draft following an in-principle position being reached by both parties,” Nicholson said. “Reaching in principle agreement is what the players have attempted to do this week as a way of breaking the deadlock and not jeopardising any more cricket.”
The players in the latest ACA offer have moved a long way. We are seeking the same kind of movement from CA,” Nicholson added. With barely a month left for the side’s tour of Bangladesh, question marks still loom over the near future.