Tubby weighs into fight

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

CRICKET Aus­tralia board mem­ber Mark Tay­lor has called for com­pro­mise on both sides of the pay war and says it should be cricket’s top pri­or­ity to start re­pair­ing frac­tured re­la­tion­ships be­tween play­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Tay­lor has been an ad­vo­cate of CA’s hard­line ap­proach at var­i­ous stages through­out this saga, how­ever, speak­ing at a Chan­nel Nine launch in Mel­bourne yes­ter­day, he ad­mit­ted the gov­ern­ing body must con­cede ground – as do the play­ers – for the sake of stop­ping the blood­shed.

It’s the first sign yet that CA might con­sider scal­ing back their bid to sig­nif­i­cantly change the rev­enue share model.

The for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain and one of the game’s most re­spected states­men said it would be an un­ac­cept­able sit­u­a­tion for the Test side to not tour Bangladesh next month and for that rea­son Tay­lor re­mains con­fi­dent that no more cricket will be lost.

“There’s got to be com­pro­mise on both sides, I re­ally be­lieve that,” said Tay­lor along­side fel­low com­men­ta­tors at the Nine launch.

“I think at any ne­go­ti­a­tion you give and take. When you get to that sit­u­a­tion, which I hope we are get­ting very close to now, then you get close to a res­o­lu­tion. I’m con­fi­dent there will be a res­o­lu­tion soon. I don’t know when but I just hope both sides keep work­ing hard at it.

“I’m still very con­fi­dent there will be an Ashes se­ries and I’m very con­fi­dent there will be some Test match cricket played by Aus­tralia be­fore then. That’s cer­tainly what I’m work­ing to­wards and I’m as­sum­ing both par­ties are work­ing to­wards that.”

Talks are bub­bling away be­hind the scenes ahead of an­other im­por­tant dead­line on Fri­day – the day when out- of­con­tract play­ers were next due to be paid.

At this stage CA is re­fus­ing to back- pay crick­eters, one of the many rea­sons why trust and re­spect be­tween play­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors is at one of his­tory’s all- time lows.

Many have the­o­rised that CA is try­ing to break up the Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion once and for all, but Tay­lor said it was im­per­a­tive that the game starts work­ing hard to heal the wounds that have opened up.

When a deal is done CA’s Pat Howard and James Suther­land will have to be able to work with play­ers Steve Smith and David Warner.

Tay­lor says it’s pos­si­ble for those re­la­tion­ships to be re­gen­er­ated.

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