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Cricketers’ union rejects Cricket Australia pay offer

Cricketers’ union rejects Cricket Australia pay offer
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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 on Friday said the offer would create inequity between international and domestic players and short-changed women.

Melbourne: 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 on Friday said the offer would create inequity between international and domestic players and short-changed women.Under the new proposal, Cricket Australia would take 55 percent of all revenues to run the game while players and grassroots cricket would both receive 22.5 percent.

According to Cricket Australia, though, the offer would see average base salaries paid to members of Australia's women's team would immediately more than double to USD 179,000 Australian dollars (AD 134,000) and an estimated average of AD 210,000 (USD 158,000) by 2021. The sport's national governing body said the total remuneration for all players was expected to increase 35 percent to AD 419 million Australian dollars (USD 314 million) for players over the 2017-22 period.

The average annual income for men representing Australia was expected to increase 25 percent to 1.45 million Australian dollars (USD 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 amongst the playing groups. It is unfair for CA to create a situation, via its offer, that some players playing in a domestic team enjoy revenue share and others do not.

"The ACA said the previous revenue-sharing model was the bedrock of Australian cricket, and players were prepared to accept a system in which their salaries rose or fell as revenue increased or declined."Players are prepared to increase their exposure to revenue risk given their preparedness to share any underachievement of revenue forecasts as part of a revamped revenue share model," the union said.

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