The Mercury

On a bitter wicket


MELBOURNE: Australia’s cricket board has warned that players will not be given new contracts if they fail to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement in an escalation of a protracted and increasing­ly bitter pay dispute. Australia’s profession­al cricketers rejected a pay offer from Cricket Australia (CA) last month, saying the proposal was “a win for cricket administra­tors but a loss for cricket”. CA released its proposal in March, offering large salary increases, but breaking with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the game going to the cricketers. CA’s CEO James Sutherland told the players’ associatio­n that they need to meet terms with CA or players will go unpaid when the bargaining agreement expires on June 30. – Reuters

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