The bitter pay dispute may leave more than 200 of Australia’s top cricketers unemployed, informed players’ union head Greg Dyer.
Moreover, the dispute doesn’t look like ending by the deadline on Friday, unless a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) is signed between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
According to ACA president Dyer, both parties are yet to come to an agreement on the basic issues, with the union preparing for its players’ unemployment.
“It is extremely likely that as of July 1 we’ll be jumping over the cliff together,” Dyer was quoted as saying while talking to the local media on Tuesday.
“The fundamentals of the deal are nowhere near to being resolved. Over 200 of Australia’s most senior cricketers are unemployed as of the 1st of July.
“We will be assisting in whatever way we possibly can in that but they’re unemployed,” he also said.
The crux of the problem lies in the long-standing agreement where the players get a fixed percentage of the revenue earned from the game. However, CA argues that the deal prevents them from investing at the grassroots.
It has also been learnt that the CA offered a revised deal on Friday but was rejected by the players’ union.
If this deadlock between CA and ACA continues then there is a threat to the upcoming series and tours involving the junior and senior teams. There is Australia A tour of South Africa, a two-Test series in Bangladesh, limited-overs tour of India and then the Ashes at the end of the year.