Fri, Aug 4, 3:52pm by Staff Writer
The biggest pay dispute to hit Australian Cricket since the days of World Series cricket in the mid to late 70’s is over, with Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) coming to an in-principal agreement on Thursday.
The deal comes almost a year after talks began and 34 days after it was supposed to be delivered, and as the dust settles on the intense negotiations, the players have come out as the big winners.
The deal that ACA boss Alistair Nicholson and his team worked so hard for guarantees state and international players will pocket just shy of 30 per cent of an estimated $1.67 billion of revenue over the next five years.
Payments to Female players will rise from $7.5 million to $55.2 million, which is a huge win, and sees the average wage of a female player go from $40,000 to $75,000 per year.
On Friday, the players voted in favour of the heads of agreement that will form the basis of a new five-year pay deal, which gives the green light to end the month-long lockout that threatened a tour of Bangladesh, and saw a boycott of Australia A’s tour of South Africa last month.
The player vote brings the negotiations to an end, which were at a standstill since June. That left around 230 Australian cricketers officially unemployed. A temporary Memorandum of Understanding was signed between both parties so that Australia’s women’s team could continue to play in the 2017 Women’s World Cup.
The Meg Lanning-led side joined the men as unemployed when they were knocked out by India at the semi-final stage of the tournament.
The Australian men’s squad jets off in two weeks for a two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins on August 27. The side then comes home to prepare for the biggest series on the calendar, the Ashes.
Australia are priced at $1.57 to win the urn back from their biggest rivals. The series begins in Brisbane on November 23.
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