Adam keeps faith in so­lu­tion

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MEL­BOURNE: For­mer Aus­tralia Test player Adam Gilchrist can re­late to the on­go­ing pay dis­pute be­tween the board and the crick­eters and is op­ti­mistic of a timely res­o­lu­tion of the row, which has cast a shadow of doubt over this year’s Ashes se­ries.

Aus­tralia face a pos­si­ble player strike or lock­out if the pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tion over a new pay deal for the coun­try’s in­ter­na­tional and state crick­eters can­not be re­solved by the end of the month.

Gilchrist’s ca­reer was in the nascent stage when the cur­rent rev­enue-shar­ing model came into ef­fect in 1997 and the for­mer stumper-bats­man could see the sim­i­lar­i­ties.

“The play­ers are stick­ing to­gether with that unity, and that was cer­tainly the case back then and I was a young player hav­ing my very first con­tract with Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) dan­gled in front of me, and here were my se­nior peers say­ing: ‘Don’t sign it, don’t break, don’t crum­ble’,” he told Fox Sports. “And we didn’t, and 20 years later con­di­tions are fan­tas­tic for play­ers now. There’s no doubt about that. So that end re­sult has been ter­rific. We’re nearly at June 30 ... I wouldn’t be sur­prised if they’ve been meet­ing in the last few days, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion and the board. I think both sides are go­ing to have to com­pro­mise,” added Gilchrist.

Vice cap­tain David Warner has re­vealed the threat of Aus­tralian crick­eters skip­ping the Ashes se­ries, start­ing in Novem­ber, against Eng­land was a re­al­ity.

“If we are un­em­ployed, we have no con­tracts, we can’t play,” he told re­porters in Eng­land, where the side are play­ing the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

At the heart of the dis­pute is the ar­range­ment whereby the play­ers share a fixed per­cent­age of up to 26 per­cent of CA rev­enue, a model the board said was “starv­ing” the grass­roots of the game of fund­ing.

The play­ers’ union has crit­i­cised CA for act­ing like a “heavy mo­nop­oly.”

“So, while the play­ers feel CA has gone about this all wrong, they are still pre­pared to of­fer good faith and so­lu­tions,” Alis­tair Ni­chol­son, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion, wrote in col­umn for the Her­ald Sun. “What needs to hap­pen is that CA move some­where to­wards the mid­dle, be­cause the play­ers are al­ready there. Ready and wait­ing for com­mon sense to pre­vail.”

Gilchrist said he had spo­ken to both the par­ties and be­lieved the CA had made a fair of­fer.

“I think (CA) are of­fer­ing a very, very fair deal for play­ers. No one is go­ing to go with­out and ev­ery­one is grow­ing and in­creas­ing.” – Reuters

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