ACA President Greg Dyer has described the current player's contribution of $28.7 million to the improvement of the players and the game as a 'legacy' to the sport of cricket.
Released this week, the ACA has unveiled how much the playing group, since 2012, has forgone in favour of funding programs which;
- Help fund the health and wellbeing of current and former players
- Help look after the strength and development of cricket for future generations
- Ensure players are given the best opportunity to succeed in their life after cricket
The figures include $4.95 million direct from the Player Payment Pool, $10.75 million from the Player Partnership Fund of which the players were entitled to and a $13 million share of the 2015 World Cup revenue.
Dyer said that contributions that the players made to help past, present and future players, as well as the overall development of the sport was 'unprecedented'.
"The players want to leave a legacy for future generations for the future development of the game," Dyer said.
"They are aware of their position of temporary custodians of all things Australian cricket and take that responsibility seriously.
In order to recognise the generations of cricketers which made the professionalisation and prosperity of the game possible, the players used the $13 million share from the World Cup to fund the Past Players Program.
The program provides medical support, wellbeing counselling, health screenings, game development opportunities and personal development for past players.
ACA President Dyer said that the current players respected the history of the sport, and recognised they were in a fortunate position.
"They are respectful of the past generation on whose shoulders they are standing; the players see themselves as custodians of the game."
A further $10.75 million from the Player Partnership Fund has contributed to providing increased resources for female players, provided internship opportunities for current and former players and established the Premier Cricket and Volunteer programs.
Direct inputs from the Player Payment Pool has ensured that current players have access to health and wellbeing services, career programs and education and training opportunities.