No common sense - ACA responds to CA rejection of mediation

27 May 2017

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The ACA today described Cricket Australia's rejection of the players' call for mediation as lacking in common sense.

"These are the word games and evasions of the last six months, and a window into the negotiations over the same period.

"The CA strategy is to refuse to deal with the ACA and go directly to individual players to try and break the model.

"This is despite the players repeated insistence for CA to respect their request and mediate with the ACA.

"To refuse mediation at a time when its the only sensible way forward is a clear lack of common sense,” ACA spokesperson said.

GRASSROOTS EXPENDITURE

CA's claims on grassroots investment must be closely examined.

"CA takes 80 cents in every dollar that comes into the game.

"CA take 80% of revenue and yet blames the players for under expenditure on grassroots.

"That is a nonsense. CA's grassroots argument therefore has no factual basis.

"What CA clearly forget is that the players themselves are the ones that have invested around $10million of their own money in to delivering grassroots programs.

"The most often asked question in this current climate is the right one: where does all of CA's money go?

"Because it does not go to the players and it does not go to grassroots cricket,” ACA spokesperson said.