The acrimonious pay dispute between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association that had threatened future tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes, was resolved on Thursday (August 3). The in-principle agreement was signed on Monday morning after CA chief executive James Sutherland and his ACA counterpart Alistair Nicholson discussed over various issues.
“Today’s agreement is a result of a sensible compromise from both parties. From Cricket Australia’s point of view, we needed to modernise the pay model to provide us with more flexibility to deal with issues that come up from time to time. And in this regard, the underfunding of grassroot cricket and junior cricket were our highest strategic priorities. We also wanted to make sure that payments to all male players increased, especially at the international level, to ensure that our Australian players are paid at the highest level of all team sports in Australia,” he said.
The new agreement comprises a record player payment pool of $500 million. More importantly, the new revenue model ensures a major pay rise for women cricketers, with around 120 female players being taken into consideration. Sutherland noted that one of the focal points of overhauling the previous MoU was to introduce a pay plan that would motivate young female cricketers to look at cricket as a career option.