There Will Be An End To The Pay Dispute Soon – Adam Gilchrist
Cricket Australia is currently dealing with tough negotiations involving the Australian Cricketer’s Association over the pay dispute. The issue has been stretched for quite a long time now and everyone has their attention to it, including former players and administrators.
At the moment, the matter getting resolved soon does not appear to be a possibility. The offer put in front of the players did not receive the approval from the ACA. Later, a counter offer was proposed by the player’ association keeping the demands made by the cricketers. However, Cricket Australia refused to accept it.
The two sides must resolve the issue before the June 30 deadline – the date when the present player contract expires. The players, otherwise, will be left without a central contract and in that case, have threatened to seek employment opportunities elsewhere.
In the backdrop of this controversy, Adam Gilchrist, the legendary Australian wicket-keeper, has shared his thoughts. He feels that the Cricket Australia (CA) is offering a “very fair deal” to its players.
The dispute circles around CA’s desire to scrap the current revenue-sharing system which has been in effect since 1997. The old revenue model gave a piece of annual revenue to the players while the newly proposed model cuts short that privilege and instead offers a variety pay structure for different grade of players.
However, Gilchrist believed CA’s proposal had merit.
“I think Cricket Australia are offering a very, very fair deal for players,” Gilchrist told Fox Sports on Tuesday (June 6). “No one’s going to go without and everyone’s growing and increasing. I do hope that they’re (players) thinking of the cricketer at the most important level, and that is the kid signing on for his first year.
“Because grassroots cricket is under siege from other sports, like the various footy codes,” he added.
The players have already made their voice clear and have indicated the possibility of boycotting Australia’s proposed tour of Bangladesh in August and the Ashes in jeopardy.
Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests from 1999-2008, was confident a deal was forthcoming.
“There will be an end to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been meeting in the last few days – the players’ association and the board,” he said. “I think both sides are going to have to compromise. Having spoken to people in both parties, I think they’re both starting to say that and understand that.”
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