Australia pay row: Deal agreed 'in principle' to resolve pay dispute

Aug 04, 2017, 00:25
Australia pay row: Deal agreed 'in principle' to resolve pay dispute

But the bruising dispute was resolved on Thursday as players and management agreed to a new "in-principle" deal, ensuring upcoming series against Bangladesh, India and England can go ahead.

Now that a deal has been reached, Sutherland admitted that Cricket Australia and the ACA need to fix the damage done so that they have a good working relationship going forward.

According to a CA statement, the latest agreement includes a modernised revenue sharing formula, increased funding for the player development program, increased female player payments and additional grassroots funding.

However, it has been confirmed that the players will receive back-pay once the brand new MoU is completed and signed.

The Aussies are scheduled to fly to Dhaka on Aug 18 for a two-Test series.

"While players are now keen to get into camp and play for Australia, the partnership and revenue share model was important to them so resolve was very strong".

The average pay of Cricket Australia-contracted male players, including Big Bash League contracts, will rise from $1.16 million this year to $1.45 million by 2022 and top-ranked players will earn at least $2 million annually.

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With 230 cricketers in Australia effectively unemployed, there had been speculation that the Ashes, which starts in Brisbane on November 23, were under threat.

"Relationships with the game have been tested and I know that has been a bit of a turn-off for fans", added Sutherland.

"In announcing this agreement, we are restoring certainty, beginning to fix relationships, especially with the fans", Sutherland was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

"For all of us, perhaps the dawning reality of an worldwide tour coming up, and the importance of that, we all needed to somehow focus our energies into getting a deal done".

Players, having central contracts and state players without multi-year deals, were left unemployed after the deadline for a new MoU was not brokered by June 30.

"Today's agreement is the result of a sensible compromise from both parties", Sutherland said. Australia A's tour to South Africa was subsequently called off last month after the players announced a boycott, and there were concerns that the Test tour to Bangladesh this month would meet the same fate.

"Very good because none of us from our current team has the experience of playing a Test against Australia, so it will be a new experience for all of us and everyone is excited I am sure".

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