Cricket Australia and ACA reach agreement to end payment dispute

by Olga Hunt August 4, 2017, 0:23
Cricket Australia and ACA reach agreement to end payment dispute

Australian cricket's bitter pay war appears to finally be over.

According to a Cricket Network report, the agreement between CA chief James Sutherland and ACA equivalent Alistair Nicholson was signed on Monday morning in Melbourne.

Players will pocket nearly $500 million over the next five years, with women included on the same Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as men for the first time ever.

Nicholson said the players would receive back pay once the final MoU had been signed.

However, Steve Smith is now to lead his team to Dhaka on August 18, with a one-day tour to India next month and October and the showpiece home Ashes series against England, beginning in November, also now safe.

In March, CA made an offer, proposing that the average pay of Australia's worldwide women's players would rise from $A79,000 to $A179,000, while the average remuneration of state cricketers would be more than double to $A52,000.

"Both parties acknowledge and regret that".

Cricket Australia says a deal was struck with the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) on Thursday.

With 230 cricketers in Australia effectively unemployed, there had been speculation that the Ashes, which starts in Brisbane on November 23, were under threat.

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"These agreements. are complex and important to both parties", Sutherland said.

"Relationships with the game have been tested and I know that has been a bit of a turn off for fans", he said.

Players took the unprecedented step of boycotting an Australia A tour last month and were prepared to take the same action for the Bangladesh series.

The widening gulf between the players and the association compelled Australian Cricketers Association Commercial Manager, Tim Cruickshank, to visit India for "commercial opportunities" for the players.

The next stage of the process will see the ACA take the details of the MoU to the players, who will take a vote.

"In announcing this agreement, we're restoring certainty, and beginning to fix relationships, especially with the fans".

Although some players would be better off, the end of revenue sharing has angered many.

"We want the focus to be back on cricket".

"Very good because none of us from our current team has the experience of playing a Test against Australia, so it will be a new experience for all of us and everyone is excited I am sure".

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