CA and ACA move closer to res­o­lu­tion

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia - Com­pro­mise be­tween Aus­tralian cricket's war­ring par­ties ap­pears closer than ever as the pre­vi­ously di­ver­gent po­si­tions of Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters' As­so­ci­a­tion (ACA) shift to­wards long over­due mid­dle ground.

For vir­tu­ally the first time in a pay war now more than nine months old, CA has ap­peared to con­sent to a model of rev­enue shar­ing that has been ad­justed to al­low more of the game's fi­nan­cial up­side to flow into ar­eas such as grass­roots cricket, while still af­ford­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of money above pro­jec­tions to all play­ers.

CA's chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land, his ACA coun­ter­part Alistair Ni­chol­son and their ne­go­ti­at­ing teams were be­lieved to be meet­ing in Mel­bourne on Tues­day af­ter­noon to dis­cuss the board's most re­cent sub­mis­sion of MoU ar­ti­cles that fac­tor in the new, hy­brid model.

The play­ers had pre­vi­ously con­sented to dis­cus­sions based on 'mod­ernised' rev­enue shar­ing that would com­mit up to US$24mn of player pay­ment pool money to the game's lower lev­els.

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