SYDNEY: Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association brokered a new pay deal to bring to an end the bitter pay dispute between the two warring parties. As per the new MoU, the players – both male and female – will receive upto 30% of the agreed revenue, which is expected to be upto $500 million in the next five years.
As a result of the deal struck by CA chief James Sutherland and his ACA counterpart Alistair Nicholson, the proposed tours of Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series to be played at home will go ahead as planned.
“In announcing this agreement, we are restoring certainty, beginning to repair relationships, especially with the fans,” Sutherland said on Thursday (August 3). “We want the focus to be back on cricket. We have got a huge summer of cricket to look forward to, including Ashes cricket for both our men and women. I’m very confident that by the time the first ball is bowled this summer, all of this will be well and truly behind us. We know with the ticket sales that there is great anticipation about the Ashes series ahead, including from many advances bookings from the thousands of visitors from UK.
“In the meantime, I’m very pleased to say that the Bangladesh tour is preceding with the pre-tour camp scheduled in Darwin next week, and the team heading off to Bangladesh two weeks later, followed by our limited overs tour of India followed by the summer of cricket here,” he said.
Another big breakthrough in the new agreement is the pay equity between the men and women players, which ACA chief Nicholson described as the “highest pay-rise in women’s team sport in Australia.” The ACA will conduct a player’s vote in the next 24 hours on the proposed revenue model, the outcome of which they believe will be positive.