The Australian pay dispute that has been up since almost a year found a little solace recently. On the onset of the Bangladesh Tour, Cricket Australia bent down to offer compromised deal to Australian Cricketers’ Association. In the previous week the meetings between ACA and CA did not made a way out. James Sutherland and Alistair Nicholson with the Cricketers’ Association opened the next set of discussion. Per the new offer, Men and Women cricketers of Australia will get salaries from a payment pool which will be equal to the forecasted revenue. The pay rise for players will be up to AUD 120 million over next five years.
The pay rise, however, is less than that of player’s expectation. As expected the cricketers were expecting a rise of AUD 200 million over the period. The new offer is expected to end the long standoff between Australian cricketers and the cricket board. The resolution came after CA felt the heat of player’s intension to boycott the upcoming matches. The cricketers were ready not to participate in the next series to Bangladesh. In fact, the test players already to boycott the tour if no settlement were down.
CA is expecting a revenue of approximately AUD 1.86 billion. Keeping an eye of the figures, the players’ association demanded 30% for players from the projected revenue. The amount could come up to AUD 558 million on the player’s pool, which is much higher than that of CA’s offer. However, the resolution is temporary and ACA will certainly go for more.
The dispute is nine months long, including a month since the MoU between players and CA ended. Per Geoff Lawson, former Australian bower, the standoff is not “about money”. It is about “lack of respect from CA, administrators, the board and the Chairman.” He said, the executive employees threatening players of ban is a lack of respect and it is really annoying for players.
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