Pay squab­ble ‘hor­ri­ble’ for game, Clarke says

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For­mer cap­tain Michael Clarke said yes­ter­day a bit­ter pay dis­pute be­tween play­ers and Cricket Aus­tralia was “hor­ri­ble” for the game and their re­la­tion­ship was likely to be in tat­ters even af­ter a res­o­lu­tion. Af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the play­ers and CA have failed to reach agree­ment on a new pay deal, leav­ing 230 crick­eters un­em­ployed since the end of June when their con­tracts ex­pired. CA chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land said last week that un­less in­ten­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions over a rev­enue-shar­ing deal pro­duced a com­pro­mise by early this week, his or­gan­i­sa­tion would seek the intervention of an in­dus­trial um­pire to re­solve the im­passe. Clarke feared things would not be the same be­tween the gov­ern­ing body and the play­ers if and when the dis­agree­ment was fi­nally re­solved. “I think it’s been hor­ri­ble for the game, to be hon­est,” Clarke said told com­mer­cial broad­caster Chan­nel Nine. —AFP

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