Sign or else, players told
TENSIONS between Cricket Australia and its players are set to explode after they were threatened with unemployment if they don’t sign up to CA’s pay proposal.
An email from chief executive James Sutherland urged them to sign the new deal before the June 30 deadline or risk not playing for their country.
Sutherland has not sat in on negotiations with the Australian Cricketers Association for the new Memorandum of Understanding, which resumed last Thursday nearly two weeks after the union rebuffed the “underwhelming” pay offer from CA.
Should a new MoU not be agreed to next month, an Australia A tour to South Africa in July, and a Test tour to Bangladesh could be affected.
In the email, sent to ACA boss Alistair Nicholson and forwarded to the players, Sutherland said CA would not budge from its proposal, and demand players sign it or they wouldn’t be allowed to play.
“In the absence of the ACA negotiating a new MoU, players with contracts expiring in 2016-17 will not have contracts for 2017-18,” Sutherland wrote.
“To be very clear, in the absence of a new MoU, CA is not contemplating alternative contracting arrangements to pay players beyond 30 June if their contracts have expired.”
The ACA, and the players, have made it abundantly clear they do not wish to change the revenue sharing model which has been in place for 20 years.
While flexible on what they are prepared to count as cricket revenue all players, from Test captain Steve Smith down, have voiced their soli- darity with the ACA. Sutherland’s language in his email will drive a wedge deeper between CA and the players.
There are some players with multi-year deals which Sutherland has demanded they honour should a deal not be done.
In a blow to female players, Sutherland said the national women’s squad would be paid “in advance” for the World Cup in July, and would be “unemployed” when it was over.