Australian cricket’s pay war was won by players, according to Allan Border, but there’s a question mark over the future of the grassroots game. Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) came to an in-principle agreement on Thursday after almost a year of talks. The deal guarantees state and international players will pocket up to 30 per cent of an estimated $1.67 billion of revenue over the next five years, while female player payments will increase their stake from $7.5 million to $55.2 million. It also includes up to $30m for grassroots cricket. Former Test captain Border, however, wondered if that was a win for the game.
“The players have had a huge win,” Border told Fox Sports. “This has been a total knock-out in the 15th round for the players. They should be very happy with the situation, particularly the girls. I can’t quite work out grassroots cricket [though], what’s going to change? They still go out there and do their chook raffles and fundraising events and nothing much has changed as far as I can tell.”