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Cricket Australia agree A$500m pay deal with players


Australian cricket's bitter pay dispute is finally over, with players keeping their revenue sharing model and ensuring an historic boost to the women's game.

CA CEO James Sutherland and his ACA counterpart Alistair Nicholson are expected to announce the completion of a Heads of Agreement document. Although the players had offered to sacrifice up to A$ 30 million (US$ 24 million) of their pay to grassroots cricket, CA stood by its stance and chose not to offer the revenue-sharing deal, which left the players disappointed.

"All uncontracted players, on the signing of the full MOU which will continue to be negotiated for the next four to six weeks will receive back pay (from July 1, when many became uncontracted) when that's resolved".

The Test squad will assemble in Darwin next week for a training camp, with captain Steve Smith and his teammates flying out on August 18 for a two-Test series in Bangladesh.

The players' union has argued strongly for the retention of the revenue share model, claiming that a revision would risk reducing them from being partners in the game to paid employees. "It's the result of a sensible compromise from both parties".

They were offered an increased amount of surpluses to include men's and women's domestic players, as well as worldwide players, but described the deal as unacceptable, which resulted in their contracts coming to an end at the start of July.




The bad-tempered dispute "has been rumbling for months, rattling the game and badly straining the players' relationship with the governing body", says The Times.

It comes after a 10-month process which led to many of Australia's cricketers being out of work for more than a month, the cancellation of an Australia A tour of South Africa, and even put this summer's Ashes series in doubt.

"I told Pat Howard personally this was how things were going to be", he said, referring to Cricket Australia's team performance manager.

"In announcing this agreement we are restoring certainty, beginning to fix relationships, especially with the fans. We want the focus to be back on the cricket", he added.

That would help 230 or so players who are out of contract upon the expiration of the previous MOU on June 30 to be re-employed.

Nicholson said: "The resolve is very strong in the playing group".

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