New deal agreed in principle over Australian cricket pay row

New deal agreed in principle over Australian cricket pay row

New deal agreed in principle over Australian cricket pay row

There was a final round of face-to-face negotiations between Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland and his Australian Cricket Association counterpart Alistair Nicholson here on Thursday.

Australian cricket's protracted pay war is over with players and their bosses compromising on a new wage deal.

The union refused to deal with CA's lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.

While the new deal has not yet been signed off, chief executive of the ACA Alistair Nicholson suggested there will be no further problems in finalising the contract.

Australia were due to arrive in Dhaka on Friday, August 18 for their first Test series in Bangladesh since 2006 but a row between players and management had cast doubt over the tour.

Players will receive about 30 per cent of revenue from agreed sources, including forecast revenue streams in a modified revenue-sharing model.

Players have been paid from gross revenue for the past two decades, but CA wants their pay to come from a set pool instead, with only surplus revenue shared. "It's the result of a sensible compromise from both parties".

The players said they felt they had not been consulted enough on major decisions, like scheduling and rule changes, and were not treated as the game's prime asset.

A limited-overs series in India was scheduled after that, before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane in November.

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.

"These agreements. are complex and important to both parties", Sutherland said. It is believed that CA will be offering those players back pay for the past two months.

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.

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

ACA president Greg Dyer added: "One MOU for men and women, the maintenance of the partnership model, and record investments for grassroots cricket is what we wanted and it's what has been achieved", Dyer said.

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

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