ACA finding “Commercial Opportunities” in India

 . Last updated on July 25, 2017, 4:33 PM
ACA finding “Commercial Opportunities” in India
Australian vice-captain David Warner is also out of contract.

The pay dispute hit Australia Cricket hard. Both players and the board are uncertain about the future course. While, it should have been otherwise, the impasse is becoming more rigid, as both the parties refuse to come to a common page. Australia A team has already boycott the tour to South Africa and it was a strong hit on the CA’s stand. The tour on pipeline to Bangladesh and India could be also in jeopardy. After the expiry of MoU between Australia and its Cricketers in June 30, a total of 230 players of the country are now without any contract. This include top cricketers like Steven Smith and David Warner along with the rest.

Tim Cruickshank, Commercial Manager of Australian Cricketers’ Association visited India recently. His objective was to find commercial opportunity for top Australian players. He said Australian cricketers have signed Intellectual property over to ACA and hence it can look out for any commercial opportunities to create additional revenue for players. He said there were several meetings with “local companies and very influential people.”

The Manager said the impasse with Cricket Australia is “very frustrating.” He said there are no progress despite of players showing flexibility. He also stated CA does not sent adequate financial information to ACA to make an informed decision. He confirmed that the players are backing up ACA and are united against the cricket board. Australian cricketers are demanding the former revenue sharing model to carry on, while CA is trying to scrap the same. Also, ACA wants domestic players to include in the revenue sharing.

Meanwhile, a recent sense optimism has arrived in the last meeting between the sides. Per Cricket Australia, some negotiations are being made between ACA and CA. Alistair Nicholson also said there were some progress on the various range of issues. ACA issues a six-point plan that include the proposal to allocate a maximum of AUD 30 million to grassroot level cricketer of the nation. This is above their share they receive from CA’s revenue.


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