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The pay dispute between the Australia Cricketer’s Association and Cricket Australia has become the topic of concern for not only Australian cricketers but also for the entire cricketing community which is eagerly waiting to see the matter reach a conclusion.
On 1st July 2017, the existing MoUs between the Australian cricketers and the CA officially became stale and as many as 220 are now ‘technically’ unemployed as a result. The two parties involved – ACA and CA have held multiple talks in the past without any conclusion with only the recent two-hour meeting in Sydney on Monday yielding some positive news.
Australian Cricketers Association chief Alistair Nicholson flew to Sydney to discuss the issue with the Test squad set to tour Bangladesh next month.
United For The Cause
Amid all this crisis, the Australia’s cricketers have resolved to stand united and press their case for a “fair share” of pay and conditions. Australian vice-captain David Warner took to social media, declaring the state and international players just want to take to the field.
“Players are as frustrated as anyone else. We want to play. Offering even more to grassroots to get a deal!!! #fairshare,” he said.
Fast bowler Pat Cummins also took to social media to show his support.
“Not sure the players can do much more to solve the dispute. We’re really proud to offer up to an extra $30 million for grassroots #fairshare,” he said.
Players will receive a share of about $450 million over the next five years once the MOU is brokered.
Peace Plan In Order
Players have stood firm in their bid to keep the revenue sharing model intact. The players have demanded a six-point terms sheet from Cricket Australia in a bid to take the negotiations over a new memorandum of understanding ahead. As a “peace plan”, the players have agreed to redirect their due of $30 million to receive to grassroots cricket over the next five years.
An ACA spokesman said after the meeting in Sydney that the “players are committed to the peace plan on the tables. “They are really supportive of the investment in grassroots cricket. They will continue to stand united alongside all of their state and female colleagues,” he said.
According to the CA, a total of $200 million to make up for the shortage of funds directed to junior and club cricket over the span of five years.
CA chief James Sutherland and Nicholson had been in discussions via telephone and email on Monday. They have been advised to still prepare for Bangladesh trip, with a pre-tour camp slated to begin on August 11 in Darwin.