Play­ers plot next pay move

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - Lon­don SUN­DAY MAY 28 2017 THEMERCURY.COM.AU

AUS­TRALIAN Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Alastair Ni­chol­son will meet with the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy squad this week­end af­ter Cricket Aus­tralia re­port­edly re­jected a sec­ond re­quest for third-party me­di­a­tion to re­solve the on­go­ing pay dis­pute.

The Aus­tralian team headed straight to Birm­ing­ham yes- ter­day af­ter beat­ing Sri Lanka by two wick­ets in a warm-up match at The Oval.

But the im­passe ap­pears to be no closer to a con­clu­sion with News Corp Aus­tralia re­port­ing that CA chair­man David Peever won’t budge on his re­fusal to ne­go­ti­ate with any­one else but the ACA.

The two par­ties are in a stale­mate over the gov­ern­ing body’s push to scrap a 20-year- old rev­enue shar­ing pay deal for all pro­fes­sional men and women play­ers.

The ACA has en­listed union heavy­weight and for­mer La­bor min­is­ter Greg Com­bet to act on be­half of the play­ers in a row that is threat­en­ing to rip the game apart.

Skip­per Steve Smith said last week he hoped a res­o­lu­tion would be reached soon fol­low­ing ACA chair­man Greg Dyer’s new ap­proach to CA. The ini­tial of­fer was re­jected out of hand by for­mer Rio Tinto boss Peever, but af­ter it emerged the union had set up a busi­ness to take con­trol of the play­ers’ im­age rights, they hoped he would re­con­sider.

Smith con­firmed the whole Aus­tralia squad had signed up to the new busi­ness in a move that could po­ten­tially leave CA un­able to use any images of its big­gest names af­ter June 30, when the cur­rent agree­ment ex­pires, less than four months be­fore a home Ashes se­ries.

The team, which meets New Zealand in their tour­na­ment opener next Fri­day, will be in Birm­ing­ham for the next seven days.

The play­ers have been given to­day off be­fore re­sum­ing train­ing to­mor­row ahead of a sec­ond warm-up match against Pak­istan at Edg­bas­ton.

Opener Aaron Finch said the squad had met to dis­cuss the dis­pute when it ar­rived in Eng­land last week but play­ers were con­fi­dent the ACA will get a deal they are com­fort­able with.

“It was ad­dressed when we ar­rived and what we said was that we weren’t go­ing to talk about it,” Finch said.

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