After Cricket Australia’s call for mediation fell apart the board came up with the resolution for a new model of payment. This proposal is supposed to end the nine months old pay dispute between players and the board. As reported, the new model is based on the revenue sharing model, which was the demand of the player since the beginning. CEO of Cricket Australia, James Sutherland explained the model will ensure adequate funds for Cricket Australia to spend on grassroot levels. As reported, the deal is being mediated to Australian Cricketer’s Association and it is most likely to be agreed upon. If proposal finds its way out to a negotiation, it would mean a settlement of the pay dispute.
Lately, former Captain of Australia Michael Clarke appealed players to end the dispute as it was hampering cricket culture of the nation. He also pointed out specifically that Steve Smith, the present captain of the team should lead the team to settlement of the dispute. The latest resolution of CA against the backdrop of such appeal by a former cricketer is expected to soften the stance of Aussie cricketers on the recent pay dispute. Now it will depend on ACA and its response to the latest proposal.
Accepting the current proposal would mean a sharp breakthrough in the pay dispute. Several series and tours are on pipeline for the Australian team, which was on the verge of uncertainty. If the settlement is done, the team will tour Bangladesh for a Test series shortly. Previously, the Australia A team has already abandoned the tour to South Africa to protest CA. The top players of the team also resolved to boycott the fourth coming series against Bangladesh if any settlement is not reached.
Australian players are being paid based on a fixed revenue share model, which is on place since 1998. However, CA wanted to change the system. CA’s current proposal is offer players 22.5 % of the game’s revenue. Other 22.5% will be allotted to development of grassroot cricket and the rest 55% will saved or expensed by CA for running the game.
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