MELBOURNE: Former captain Michael Clarke believes the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association has been “horrible” for the sport.
The two parties have been locked in intense negotiations for a number of months in an effort to reach an agreement regarding Cricket Australia’s plans to overhaul the way its players are paid.
Two-hundred-and-thirty cricketers, including the members of the men’s Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads, were effectively left unemployed at the end of June when their contracts with governing body expired and they refused to accept the offer of a new revenue-sharing model of pay.
The upcoming Ashes series against England has been thrown into doubt and Clarke believes the relationship between Australia’s players and their governing body is now at an all-time low.
“I think it’s been horrible for the game, to be honest,” Clarke said told Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.
“There is no doubt what has happened will affect the relationship even more than it already was affected between players and Cricket Australia.
“The problem we have got now is that it is not just the Australian players that are affected”, Clarke added, saying the fans and the public were also involved in “the number one story in Australian sport”.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland claimed that unless a compromise is reached by early next week, his organisation would look to settle the matter through an arbitration process.