To a big relief for cricket fans all over the globe, the nine-month old pay dispute between Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia is finally over. Cricket Australia presented the new settlement of the deal, which will be considered by the former. Per James Sutherland, CEO of Cricket Australia, both the parties “have reached a good compromise.” He said it would be good for the game and good for Australian cricket. Per the new proposal players will be entitled to earn up to 30% of the revenue. This will amount to USD 500 million in the next five years.
ACA has considered the proposal on a positive note. The players are most likely to vote for the proposal. The election will be held within 24 hours where players with vote on the proposal. This will end the long stand-off between the sides. This means, the uncertain tours of Australia that were proposed earlier will be played as per the schedule. Australia is scheduled to tour Bangladesh and India before the Ashes series. These tours were jeopardized due to the uncertain outcome of the pay dispute. Now, team Australia is most likely to tour as planned.
CA was at optimal pressure after Australian Cricketers resolved to boycott the upcoming Bangladesh tour. A withdrawal from the tour would have struck CA hard. The board would have entitled to pay the losses to Bangladesh board apart from losing their own revenue. Sutherland acknowledged that the pay dispute has rendered the relation between the board and the cricketers strenuous. He said the dispute was difficult for lots of people. The CEO added, it will be all left behind “once the first ball of Australian summer is bowled.”
After the MoU between CA and players expire on June 30, 230 cricketers of Australia were without a contract. The players wanted to retain the payment model on place since 1998, but the board was keen to change it. The A team of the country also boycotted a tour to South Africa as not resolution was made. Finally, the dispute is expected to end.
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