The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson issues the following response in regard to Cricket Australia’s pay and conditions proposal.
Cricket Australia (CA) has responded to the ACA’s calls for improved pay and conditions for all cricket players regardless of gender and of the need for more investment in grassroots cricket.
The ACA has fought long and hard for these causes. Men and women have stood united for a fairer deal for all and for the next generation of cricketers. The ACA commends our members for their resolve.
The way in which these changes will be both funded and embedded in the MOU does, however, require much closer scrutiny. There is a lot of fine print to examine and a lot more forecast information still needed by the players.
Like all such proposals the devil is always in the detail.
The proposal needs to be tested against these questions:
- Does it preserve the Revenue Sharing Model?
- What share of revenue does it allocate to men, to women, to grass roots and to the administrators?
- Have CA provided sufficient financial information to determine the fairness of the offer to the players?
- Is there an appropriate Revenue Sharing Model for all players; men, women, state and domestic?
- Does it support both the current and next generation of cricketers?
- Is there enough investment in grass roots?
- Is there a cap on administrative expenditure?
For the moment, what can be said is that this proposal shows a number of promising signs that indicate that CA has been taking the ACA’s lead on various key points from our MOU submission.
However, with a lack of detail in the terms and conditions that underpin this proposal, the ACA will continue to seek clarification from CA and advise the players on this accordingly.
The ACA will respond more fully in the coming weeks.
ACA Chief Executive