ACA rejects the new pay offer put forward by Cricket Australia

"The ACA has advised players not to sign."

James Sutherland CEO Cricket Australia
James Sutherland CEO Cricket Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

The ongoing tussle between the Australian players and the Cricket Australia took yet another ugly turn recently. The players, under the Australia Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and CA have been at loggerheads over the revenue sharing issue for quite some time now. The board has proposed a new model for distributing the revenues. However, the players want the existing system of revenue sharing to continue.

Miffed by the resistance of the Australian players, CA chief James Sutherland had threatened the players about terminating the central contracts. Unfazed by the threats, the top players like David Warner and Mitchell Starc noted that the players would go on to boycott the upcoming fixtures if their demands are not met. Recently, Cricket Australia tried to negotiate with another offer to the players.


But, as per the reports in News18, the ACA has rejected the new offer as well. CA executive general manager Kevin Roberts wrote to ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson trying to come to terms. “Player feedback suggests that the sharing of international cricket surpluses with male and female domestic players and the level of pay increases for male state players are critical issues for them. We are therefore writing to indicate that CA is prepared to address these issues to help achieve a new MoU,” he wrote.

ACA’s response

The ACA was firm in its stance and asked the players not to sign the new offer. They believe that CA has not been very clear in their offer and they do not accurately reflect what the new proposition would be. The new offer fails to address the fundamental issue of revenue sharing.

“The ACA has advised players not to sign. The letter provided to players today from CA does not accurately reflect how far apart the parties remain with a week to go. The parties have not reached agreement on many fundamental issues. The contract offers do not contain Revenue Sharing for all players, and are not what they appear to be. They do not include crucial information regarding terms and conditions,” ACA mentioned.