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Jul 7, 2017

What in the name of Don Bradman’s cover drive is going on at Cricket Australia?

A pay dispute has left 230 Australian cricket players unemployed since July 1, writes Crikey intern Will Hogan.

The pay dispute between Australian cricket administrators Cricket Australia (CA) and the players’ union the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) has been a long and enduring saga. The impasse between players and administration over the structure of the new memorandum of understanding (MoU) has left 230 players unemployed since July 1. The ACA announced this week that male players selected in the "second" national squad -- Australia A -- would not partake in the upcoming tour against South Africa, the first time Australian cricketers have ever boycotted a tour. Players are also threatening a possible boycott of the 2017-18 Ashes series if an agreement cannot be reached.

So what exactly is the pay dispute over? And is a solution close to being reached?

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10 thoughts on “What in the name of Don Bradman’s cover drive is going on at Cricket Australia?

  1. Barbara Haan

    I wish I could give a damn, but I don’t. Apart from 20/20 cricket is a dying game.

  2. Tinatoerat

    So sorry. So, so, sorry.

  3. old greybearded one

    Several things. A number of self important prats who think they are Bradman, Miller and Benaud all in one body, but who turn up about every three games and already make far too much money. They complain about the hard schedule, but piss off to India at the drop of a hatful of rupees. They disgrace the ones who are both skilled and persistent (the ones not speaking so loudly). Opposite them is a dimwit CEO who has overseen one catastrophe after another, gutted the grassroots, stuffed interstate cricket and overseen utter incompetence in injury management along with the HP manager. Get rid of these clowns and remind the ACA that the revenue share will get mighty thin if they do not lift the performances. There are about five male [layers who consistently give it everything every time. Loudmouth Warner is not one of them, so the ACA would be advised to get a different mouthpiece. I have been wanting the CEO’s and HP director’s heads for years, due to an unreasoning love of proper cricket.

    1. Cantbeeffed

      I have to laugh about the statement by the players’ rep that they want a “partnership” with CA. If that’s the case, they’d have to share the downside together with the upside, i.e. Not only share in the profits but dig into their own pockets if CA makes a loss to keep it afloat. Somehow I don’t think that the players really want a partnership, they just want a risk-free bonanza.

      1. Duncan Gilbey

        Revenue sharing is risk sharing. The players seem to appreciate that there could be a downside if revenues fall – which given the parlous state of free to air TV is not impossible.

        1. Cantbeeffed

          Revenue sharing isn’t risk sharing, as it’s predicated on revenue always being in excess of expenses, which as any business knows is not always the case. And it’s revenue, not profits we’re talking about here. If players were at risk of bearing losses as well as profits, it would be different.

  4. colin skene

    Good grief. Shane Watson as a representative of the ACA? Is it not that they or him realise he is a pretentious, under-achieving, over-hyped joke of someone the sporting public of Australia could identify with? While ever the likes of Watson and his ilk are out there putting the “hard done by” line, the ACA has got no chance!!! It’s come uppance time Shane!! Thanks for nothing.

    1. Duncan Gilbey

      Ignoring your sledging of Watson (because it’s irrelevant), when have the players said they are hard done by? In fact top echelon players would be much better off under CA’s proposal.
      It looks more like a union busting exercise to me.

  5. klewso

    A board with the likes of Peever (ex-Rio Tinto) and Avery (ex-Wesfarmers), with their dispositions toward unions……?

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