Cricketers' union rejects Cricket Australia pay offer

May 01, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

The union representing Australian cricketers has rejected a pay offer from Cricket Australia which would guarantee a 35 per cent increase in player remuneration over the next five years.

The Australian Cricketers' Association said the offer would create inequity between international and domestic players and short-changed women.

Under the new proposal, Cricket Australia would take 55 per cent of all revenues to run the game while players and grassroots cricket would both receive 22.5 per cent.

According to Cricket Australia, though, the offer would see average base salaries paid to members of Australia's women's team more than double immediately to $179,000 Australian dollars (US$134,000) and an estimated average of 210,000 Australian dollars (US$158,000) by 2021.

The sport's national governing body said the total remuneration for all players was expected to increase 35 per cent to $419 million Australian dollars (US$314 million) for players over the 2017-22 period. The average annual income for men representing Australia was expected to increase 25 per cent to 1.45 million Australian dollars (US$1.1 million) by 2021-22.

But the union objects to a proposal to change the pay structure, based on a revenue-sharing model. The new system restricts that to only the top international men's players.

"CA's proposal denies female cricketers the opportunity to share in the games' revenue," the ACA said. "(It) disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket (and) creates inequity among the playing groups.

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