Tubby weighs into fight
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.